Crisis of Muslim History: Religion and Politics in Early Islam

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This balanced and sensitive study draws on a wide range of original sources to provide a scholarly yet highly readable account of the period, exploring the delicate interplay between religion and politics and the roots of the conflict that led to the Crisis of Succession and Sunni/Shii schism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851683260
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Series: Oneworld Reference Library
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Crisis of Succession 7
The Saqifah Debate and its Aftermath 8
3 Abu Bakr's Regrets and 'Umar's Uncertainties 26
Abu Bakr: Khalifat Rasul Allah 27
'Umar: Amir al-Mu'minin 31
4 The Second Crisis: The Shura Council and its Failure 39
The Shura Deliberations 43
5 'Uthman: Khalifat Allah 50
'Uthman's Caliphate: Umayyad Power and the Beginning of Shi'i Opposition 51
'Uthman's Critics: 'Ammar b. Yasir and Abu Dharr al-Ghifari 58
'Uthman and the Clash between Religious Authority and Political Power 62
The Siege and 'Uthman's Violent Death 71
6 'Ali Wasi Rasul Allah: The Clash of Religion and Politics 81
The Battle of the Camel 86
Mu'awiyah's Opposition 93
The Battle of Siffin 106
'Amr's Scheme and its Consequences 122
The Collapse of 'Ali's Rule and the End of the Normative Caliphate 133
7 Conclusion 145
App. I The Four "Rightly Guided" Caliphs in their Own Words 156
App. II The Siffin Truce Document 162
Bibliography 168
Index 172
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