Download e-book for iPad: Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey by V. S. Naipaul

By V. S. Naipaul

ISBN-10: 0307789306

ISBN-13: 9780307789303

Naipaul's arguable account of his travels during the Islamic international used to be hailed through the recent Republic as "the so much impressive paintings on modern Islam to have seemed in a really lengthy time."

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Socioeconomy and the Horizon of Thought • 39 Seen from the outside, however, the growth of the city’s spiritual status paralleled that of its economic status, as outlined before. The imperatives of such a position meant that Mecca had to avoid involvement in the many tribal disputes in the peninsula and pursue a policy of heartless neutralism. 59 The aura of the forbidden months, which offered spiritual shelter for peninsular trade, was supplemented by more earthly agreements, known as ilaf, which safeguarded long-distance trade as well.

Such an exposure was undertaken instead along annual caravan routes. 65 The many agreements, economic as well as spiritual, that engulfed this trade not only indicate the growth of commercial rationality, but they also betray the context of danger within which it took shape. The cultic hums,66 ilaf, and other arrangements were apparently all forged within the sixth century. d. 68 This is significant, since that year was engraved in Meccan consciousness as a year of great threat to the very survival of the city.

D. in Najd and its surroundings. 27 The existence of agriculture in some colonies near Yathrib—later to be renamed Medina—apparently perpetuated aspects of Bedouin mentality and lifestyle; on the other hand, Mecca was forced, because of the barrenness of its surroundings, to rely exclusively on trade. Mecca was therefore forced to follow a policy of absolute neutrality and to unwaveringly insist 30 • Socioeconomy and the Horizon of Thought on preserving peace in the city at all costs. 28 Quraysh was the tribe most interested in preserving peace in general and during the sacred months in particular, the period when the most important commercial activities in the peninsula took place.

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