Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

Naipaul, V. S.

Language: English

Published: Aug 29, 2012

Words: 176181
Pages: 662


"Brilliant. . . . A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration." --*The New York Times* A *New York Times* Notable Book of the Year "The book's strength lies in Naipaul's extraordinary ability as a storyteller to draw striking portraits of a cross section of individuals."--*The Boston Globe* Fourteen years after the publication of his landmark travel narrative **Among the Believers**, V. S. Naipaul returned to the four non-Arab Islamic countries he reported on so vividly at the time of Ayatollah Khomeini's triumph in Iran. **Beyond Belief** is the result of his five-month journey in 1995 through Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia--lands where descendants of Muslim converts live at odds with indigenous traditions, and where dreams of Islamic purity clash with economic and political realities. In extended conversations with a vast number of people--a rare survivor of the martyr brigades of the Iran-Iraq war, a...