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An Indian atheist takes on the Islamist world in Indonesia

  • Noor Huda Ismail

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 10 2008   /  10:28 am

My friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist
Sadanand Dhume
Penguins
2008
Raised in the Hindu tradition in India, Sadanand Dhume is a self proclaimed atheist who candidly says he has "little sympathy for organized religion" and believes he "could never really be understood by someone whose life was regulated by faith". My friend the Fanatic: Travels with an Indonesian Islamist is the first book from Dhume, former full-time correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Asian Wall Street Journal. Dhume lived in Indonesia from 2000-2004 and currently lives in Washington DC. Having experienced life in Indonesia, Dhume compares it to life in India. Of India he says, "We could at least claim Nobel-winning economists and booker-winning writers and legions of engineers with stock options...