Crisis of Muslim History: Religion and Politics in Early Islam

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This new study of the Islamic tradition's earliest years presents the key events, individuals, and socio-political conditions which defined the era of the first Four Caliphs (from the death of the Prophet to that of Ali, thirty years later), and which led to the Sunni/Shi'i schism and the Crisis of Succession.
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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

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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