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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.
 
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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    Very well written history of the early days of Islam and the break between Sunni and Shia which still resonates today. Very much the 'traditional' history which is perhaps questionable (not least because the sources are fairly late) and written very much from a Shia perspective, but nonetheless a good introduction to a controversial story.

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    Great and easily understandable of the conflict

    Easily understandable.Easy to read with not more then necessary detail of historic events. Explains the soul and philosphy of the contradiction.

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    Excellent and highly objective articulation of delicate historical events. The book also helps understanding the current conflicts taking place in and around the Middle East.

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