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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Well the fundamentals at least.

If I die, then inflict on him blow for blow. It was as though nobody had considered the possibility that he might die, not even Muhammad himself” AND “Perhaps then, the multiply married prophet was celibate” So there goes te quality of the work right out of the window.

Afteg reviews that mention middle east prohpet and sunni well written sunni and shia abu bakr must read lesley hazleton easy read highly recommend islamic history shia-sunni split like a novel reads like prophet mohammed pbuh recommend this book highly recommended reading this book well researched lesley hazelton source material. In fact, she at times compiled multiple details from different narrations together, some of which contradicted each other.

I hope they read it now, with proper rue.

There are many things that not covered in this book. I wanted to understand the beginnings of Shia Islam and every book I found in English was either horrendously boring, too politically charged, or both. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Islam and the Making of Europe, Abdullah Yusuf Ali Translator. 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.


The reasons cannot be told in sound bites. This history, also known as the The Tarikh is unusual because whenever possible, al-Tahari includes multiple direct quotations from participants.

It was a really interesting read for me personally because this was coming from a outsider looking into some of the darkest times of our history which we are not very comfortable talking about. What did Ali advise Muhammad to do with this woman Aisha, who had disgraced the Prophet, and fought with Ali’s own wife Fatima? I knew that Islam, Judaism and Christianity were intertwined, but not to the point of having Jesus and Hussein accompany the twelfth Imam back to Karbala, in a Shia tradition.

There could be no more prophets after Muhammad, no male kin who could assert special insight or closeness to the divine will, as the Shia would claim. You are introduced to the characters of Islamic history as someone from amongst them. On page 16 Lesley Hazleton declared to my relief that she is a novelist. There is no doubt that some bits in the book corroborate with the events I read in other objective accounts but overall this book is an oversimplification coated with creative writing.

September 15, Imprint: Anchor; 1st edition September 4, Publication Date: You should not expect to learn what the teachings of the Sunni or Shia from this book. With the publication of this outstanding book, we no longer have any excuse.

You won’t get lost though the cast of characters is long and you won’t tire though the tale stretches over centuries.

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Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over his successor had begun. Surprisingly as a Sunni muslim I don’t know why the split of Shia’s happened. 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. This is certainly true in the case of the rise of Islam.


After The Prophet

I am not surprised that the majority of those who are blasting this book are Muslims; both Shia and Sunni. Second, because the world should care. Skip to main content Iowa Research Online.

The Story of the Jews. And I feel like a lot of people don’t know either. At this point, Lesley Hazleton starts referring far more frequently to events that have occurred over the past years. 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.

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

Quotes from After the Prophet I loved that I can read this book alone with no judgement simply because I want to educate myself. He had expelled pagan gods.

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Despite her xfter age, she was politically savvy, and would not have risked her high position for a momentary dalliance. The others turned on him hazlfton to order him to find the owner and pay him. Other former Meccans joined them in Medina, and the group was known as the Emigrants. Return of a King. I would recommend this book to all Muslims whether Sunni or Shia as it will clear a lot of fog.