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

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

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 Muhammad’s 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 Shia–Sunni split.




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385532099
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 483,398
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lesley Hazleton is an award-winning writer whose work focuses on the intersection of religion, history, and politics. She reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for TimeThe New York TimesThe New York Review of BooksHarper’sThe Nation, and The New Republic, among others. Her book After the Prophet was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award, and she is the recipient of The Stranger’s Genius in Literature Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.
 
For more information, visit: www.aftertheprophet.com.

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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
needtoknowwhy More than 1 year ago
The political and social division between Sunni and Shiite Muslims is certainly perplexing to me. I needed to know more background in order to gain a better understanding of history, as well as current world events. The book starts from the beginning of the schism. after the death of Muhammad. It is written more as a narrative novel than a history book. Frankly, I found it hard to put down. I understand there is a book on Muhammad by the same writer as well as other acclaimed books. I will certainly be reading them all as I have a high level of interest in gaining a better understanding of Islam and the dynamics which drive life, death, politics and society in the region.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book belongs to the people who believe in all the prophets and are good children,and one's that know all the prophet's names.I belong in one of those groups of adults and children.People ,come join me as a group.Thank U.Thank U.
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