Impressions of Islam


Guests:

Brian Naylor (2-way)(update on anthrax case on Capitol Hill)
*NPR Reporter

Barbara Bradley (2-way)(update on anthrax investigation by FBI)
*NPR Reporter

Richard Knox(2-way)(update on nationwide anthrax exposure cases)
*NPR Reporter in Boston

V.S. Naipaul
*Winner of 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature
*Author of many books most recently Half a Life (Knopf, 2001)
*Two of his non-fiction book dealt directly with Islam, Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples (Vintage,1998) and Among the Believers (Vintage, 1981)

Thomas Franklin
*Staff Photographer, The Record Bergen County, NJ

Last week, V.S. Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Twenty years ago, he wrote one of his best-known books, Among the Believers. It's an exploration of the life and culture of four Islamic nations that foreshadows elements of the current conflict in Afghanistan. Neal Conan talks with V.S. Naipaul about his impressions of Islam.

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