Among the Believers

An Islamic Journey

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Among the Believers is V.S. Naipaul’s classic account of his journeys through Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia; ‘the believers’ are the Muslims he met on those journeys, young men and women battling to regain the original purity of their faith in the hope of restoring order to a chaotic world. It is a uniquely valuable insight into modern Islam and the comforting simplifications of religious fanaticism.

‘This book investigates the Islamic revolution and tries to understand the fundamentalist zeal that has gripped the young in Iran and other Muslim countries . . . He is a modern master’ Sunday Times

‘Beautifully written and almost impossible to put down’ Auberon Waugh

‘The edgy exactitude of Naipaul’s writing is both effortlessly classical and yet at the same time brilliantly contemporary, as sharp and lucid as a spear of glass . . . He is inimitable, truly great and truly deserving of the Nobel’ Robert McCrum, Observer

‘His level of perception is of the highest, and his prose has become the perfect instrument for realizing those perceptions on the page. His travel writing is perhaps the most important body of work of its kind in the second half of the century’ Martin Amis

About V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of correspondence, Letters Between A Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Books by V. S. Naipaul

The Writer and the World
The Writer and the World
The Mimic Men
The Mimic Men
The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
Miguel Street
Miguel Street
Guerrillas
Guerrillas
In a Free State
In a Free State
The Mystic Masseur
The Mystic Masseur
The Masque of Africa
The Masque of Africa
The Middle Passage
The Middle Passage
A Writer's People
A Writer's People
Letters Between a Father and Son
Letters Between a Father and Son
A Turn in the South
A Turn in the South
Literary Occasions
Literary Occasions
A Way in the World
A Way in the World
Half a Life
Half a Life
A House For Mr Biswas
A House For Mr Biswas
A Bend in the River
A Bend in the River
Magic Seeds
Magic Seeds
The Enigma of Arrival
The Enigma of Arrival
India: A Wounded Civilization
India: A Wounded Civilization
India: A Million Mutinies Now
India: A Million Mutinies Now
An Area of Darkness
An Area of Darkness
The Loss of El Dorado
The Loss of El Dorado
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief