The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate

The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate

by Wilferd Madelung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521561817

ISBN-13: 9780521561815

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In a convincing reinterpretation of early Islamic history, Wilferd Madelung examines the conflict which developed after the death of Muhammad for control of the Muslim community. He demonstrates how this conflict, which marked the demise of the first four caliphs, resulted in the lasting schism between Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam. In contrast to recent scholarly trends,…  See more details below

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In a convincing reinterpretation of early Islamic history, Wilferd Madelung examines the conflict which developed after the death of Muhammad for control of the Muslim community. He demonstrates how this conflict, which marked the demise of the first four caliphs, resulted in the lasting schism between Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam. In contrast to recent scholarly trends, the author takes up the Shi'i cause, arguing in defence of the succession of 'Ali. This book will make major scholarly contribution to the debate over succession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521561815
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Genealogical tables
Chronological survey
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Abu Bakr: the Successor of the Messenger of God and the caliphate of Quraysh28
2Umar: Commander of the Faithful, Islamic meritocracy, consultation and Arab empire57
3Uthman: the Vicegerent of God and the reign of Abd Shams78
4Ali: the counter-caliphate of Hashim141
Conclusion311
Excursuses356
Bibliography388
Index394

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