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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You will have at least learned a bit about an interesting subject – the birth of Islam. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. My one complaint is that lending is disabled on the Kindle version.

She says “It was as though nobody considered the possibility that he might die. Yes No Thanks prophdt your feedback! I will give you an excerpt: History of the Ottoman Empire. Retrieved from ” https: You learn about the subtleties of the Arabic language and how a spoken work can be interpreted in several ways. She has a most interesting deep voice. Well, this isn’t the first time I had to listen to or read nonsensical narrative on the subject.


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At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. I read this book out of long time curiosity.

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. You have to go no further than the introduction of his book to see this. 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, assassinat.

In time they had two sons, Hasan and Hussein. On page 16 Lesley Hazleton declared to my relief that she is a novelist. Maybe the author suffered trying to work out who was who in a Russian novel she read once – whatever the reason, one of the great strengths of the book is the clarity with which it tells this most complex and important of stories.

What if it named Ali as his successor, not Abu Bakr or Omar or another of his close companions?

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

haxleton In the Shadow of the Sword. In the end, Muhammad went to Abu Bakr’s house to question Aisha. Futhermore it is startling to see the clear similarities between Islam, Judaism and Christianity in the seventh century. However the conclusion which is a fleeting analysis in more recent world events is inadequate. The general Western reader will come away from this book oesley a newfound respect for the depth and power of the early schism in Islam and of what happened at Karbala.


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

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The Story of Muhammad Kindle Edition. This is a subject I am not too familiar with.

Had Leslsy deliberately withheld the enforcements requested by the besieged Caliph? I think I would need to read the book several times to suck up all that is presented. Although she could have easily caught up to it, Aisha felt that running after the caravan would have been beneath her status as the first wife of the Prophet, she was the youngest, but first Muhammad married after the death of his beloved wife Khadija.

A History of God. Refresh and try again.