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 the Shadow of the Sword: Sure enough, the man who remained without sons of his own soon had two adored grandsons, Hassan and Hussein. I aftsr found the comparison between the Rejectionists and modern suicide bombers extremely simplistic, even dangerous – Hazelton seems to be suggesting that fanaticism in 21st century terrorist organizations is somehow inherent in the religion from the ancient day. The book is a summarized version of the events as it happened so many of the details are voluntarily omitted.

The focus is less on current events, although there is some discussion on how the split played a role in the Iranian Revolution of and the Iran-Iraq wars of the s.

In the end, for serious readers, its simply a waste of time. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Finally, a book which explains all the conflict between Sunni and Shias in great detail. She did not take any of these in consideration.


In conclusion, the book presents an accessible account of what seemed to happened and for someone who simply wants to know about the sunni-shia split without delving too deep into its details, this book is good introduction as seen from the eyes of a impassioned third person. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Dec 31, Huma Rashid rated it liked it. The poets were writing ribald verses about his young wife, and undermining Muhammad’s authority with the people.

Set up a giveaway. The sources provided at the end are mostly from Tabari or Shia scholars. Even when there is one version that both sects agree, there are always multiple interpretations of said event and While Hazleton is careful to include competing interpretations of key events, she does not pick any side in the Sunni-Shia historical dispute.

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 Story of the Jews.

Once, when the Prophet was called upon to settle a dispute over a well, instead of showing up with an entourage, he came with his blood relations: In such cases, he should know that it is not my fault that such propheet comes to him, but the fault of someone who transmitted it to me.

Not even Muhammad himself” Says who exactly? Combining meticulous research with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the volatile prlphet of religion and politics, psychology and culture, and history and current events.

I have certain beliefs and let’s leave it at that. I have to share my thoughts with you!

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Did he not know he would die, or would he die? I definitely want to dig deep now, probably read Hodgson’s work now. The book is a fast, entertaining read, even exciting.

You learn about the subtleties of the Arabic language and how a spoken work can be interpreted in several ways. In the last few chapters, which cover the death of Ali, the historic and future importance of Karbala, the coming of the twelfth Imam, the Assura massacre at Karbala inthe bombing of the Askariya shrine inand the fall of the Shah in Iran, Hazelton brings past, present and future together.


She thought that the string must have broken in the bushes. If you don’t know the background of the Sunni-Shi’a split, it seems to be a strange custom.

Easy to read with not more then necessary detail of historic events.

After the Prophet

Pitting the family of his favorite wife, the controversial Aisha, pro;het supporters of his son-in-law, the philosopher-warrior Ali, the struggle would reach its breaking point fifty years later in Iraq, when soldiers of the first Sunni dynasty massacred seventy-two warriors led by Muhammad’s grandson Hussein at Karbala.

Juxtaposing such serious works with someone like Hazleton’s would obviously clarify hazlehon weaknesses of latter, which albeit popularizing history builds a very simplistic view for naive and less informed readers. I could not put it down. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over his successor had begun.

Yes, this kind of narrative history has its weaknesses, but I haven’t seen anything that works better as an introduction to the topic. From the Trade Paperback edition. As will the fact that her main authority is the highly respected and erudite ninth century historian Al-Tabari, a Sunni. You won’t get lost though the cast of characters is long and you won’t tire though the tale stretches over centuries. One other issue troubles me.

Hate is a big dark awful word that I avoid like the plague.