After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam Author Lesley Hazleton
ISBN-10 0385523947
ISBN-13 9780385523943
Year 2010-09-07
Pages 256
Language English
Publisher Anchor
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In this gripping narrative history Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam a rift that dominates the news now more than ever Even as Muhammad lay dying the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic nation had begun beginning a succession crisis marked by power grabs assassination political intrigue and passionate faith Soon Islam was embroiled in civil war pitting its founder s controversial wife Aisha against his son in law Ali and shattering Muhammads ideal of unity Combining meticulous research with compelling storytelling After the Prophet explores the volatile intersection of religion and politics psychology and culture and history and current events It is an indispensable guide to the depth and power of the ShiaSunni split

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