After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam. Lesley Hazleton , Author. Doubleday $27 (p) ISBN 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. Lesley Hazleton (born ) is a British-American author whose work focuses on the Thumbnail: “When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Prophet Muhammad, she was After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split.

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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. Dec 06, Hammad Ali rated it it was ok. The book is a fast, entertaining read, even exciting.

This trance also established the need for four witnesses to an illegal sexual act hazletton the parties to be found guilty. But this is one of those situations where it is unquestionably warranted. The two heavily sourced muslim references used in this book are 1. The poets quickly reversed their original works and began writing odes lavishly praising her. The implications of [ After hazletonn Prophet ] are huge. Refresh and try again. One other hazletln troubles me.

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Quotes from After the Prophet Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. From this point forward, the Prophet dies without officially leaving an heir, which launches further division. Also, there is a comparison of Arab religious leaders with German millitary leaders in the medieval age.

The third event was that of Karbala. He had protruding stomach, bulging eyes and feet swollen by gout, but as though in compensation for his physical shortcomings, he was possessed of an extraordinary subtlety of leslry At one point the Author “Opines” about the Prophet SAW as follows: This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand how this split occurred.


The tag line or sub-title, is there a difference? Lesley pointed out that the Tubri’s book is surprisingly a very postmodern text which repeats events and accounts by different sources. It was a really interesting read for me personally because this was hazletoon from a outsider looking into some of the darkest times of our history which we are not very comfortable t I always feel uncertain when reading history books specially Islamic history where there are so many contrasting versions of the events that defined pretty much who we are today.

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The subject was all the more irresistible to me personally since it brings together many of my deepest interests: The beginnings of Islamic fundamentalism is also covered. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. May differ from yours which I respect and do not wish to discuss save only from what you have to say about the book.

You submitted the following rating and review. In a dramatic turnaround, conservative clerics – including those of today – have used this vision to persecute women.

See 1 question about After the Prophet…. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This is not a tale anyone can tell in a headline or even words.

What if it was not in their favor? Apr 29, Sumit RK rated it really liked it. The real issue was not what may have happened on the road, but Muhammad’s standing in the community both as a religious and political leader.

Keeping in mind all the good things about this book, it must also be pointed out that if you are a Muslim who is easily offended you will have to ths some courage to go through the entire book.

The focus is less on current events, although there is hhe discussion on how the split played a role in the Iranian Revolution of and tne Iran-Iraq wars of the s. These were some of his senior aides. There is one report in particular that brings to one’s attention the misguided morality of early Wahhabis, when a group of them invaded a village, tricked a man into claiming to be an apostate someone who has turned their back on Islam and is therefore seen as worse than tue non-believer who has never been a part of the religionand set about killing him in a date orchard.


Her maidservant had seen Aisha enter the howdah originally, but had not seen her leave it. He took Aisha, the youngest and most ambitious of his nine wives, with him when he was going on one of his expeditions, which were designed to unite the tribes of Arabia under Islam. It is quite safe to say she has done quite well.

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The author often takes us inside the minds of the main characters and tries to analyse and find rationality behind their decisions and judgements. One doesn’t even need to rebut such monolithic constructs. All in all, a must read for Muslims hoping to understand the hqzleton that shape their societies, while being an insightful and gripping book for those simply trying to understand one of history’s bloodiest feuds.

A God Who Hates. Since Muhammad did not have a son, Ali became his adoptive son. The account holds hazleto once, Ali R and Fatima R had a fight and he was so angry that he left hi A gripping and well-written account, but rather markedly biased in favor of Shia ideology. Oct 20, Aasem Bakhshi rated it did not like it Shelves: Though the book rightly remains focused on the Shia-Sunni divide, a short account of how Islam had spread under Muhammad might have made subsequent events clearer.

New Books in History. The poets were writing ribald verses about his young wife, and undermining Muhammad’s authority with the people.