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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The Crusades Through Arab Eyes. 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. I read this book for its high-rating and was careless enough to not inspect the author’s lack of qualification.

After the Prophet

Her maidservant had seen Aisha enter the howdah originally, but had not seen her leave it. Sep 15, Pages Buy. The topic is fascinating, and the way it is told is captivating – at least so far!

Very well written history of the early days of Islam and the break between Sunni and Shia which still resonates today. Not realizing that she had been left behind, the caravan proceeded to the city of Medina, home of Mohammed, and the center of Islam.

It is an indispensable guide to the depth and power of the Shia—Sunni split. This title was selected by our book club recently. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. The Signal and the Noise. I would assume this book would be of interest to those readers not familiar with the religion of Islam. She takes the reader right into these historical stories and breathes life into the elusive ‘plastic saints’ who us normal people rarely relate to and makes them real flesh and blood.


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Dec 31, Huma Rashid rated it liked it. The real issue was not what yhe have happened on the road, but Muhammad’s standing in the community both as a religious and political leader.

Muhammad had no living sons to suceed him.

The second event was the martyrdom of Hazrat Usman and the battle of Jamal. The Forge of Christendom.

After the Prophet

Feb 05, Doha Osman added it. Lost to the West. 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. However, I found, at times, the liberty the author takes in analyzi This is really worth a read for anyone starting out in the complex task of understanding the Shia Sunni split.

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.

Not a minute while reading this book did I ever yawn or got bored prphet the text, interesting and full of zest as it was, kept me on the toes. 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: The Garden of Truth. A Spy Among Friends. This is the second reason.

I am not sure if Al-Tabari produced a collection of works that was dedicated to this sort of historical psychic analysis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. How to write a great review.


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

View all 3 comments. Regular readers will know that I’m already a big fan of religion journalist Lesley Hazleton, and especially after reading her bewitching Jezebel last year, in which through historical texts and contemporary journeys through the Holy Land she argued that who we’ve traditionally thought of as the “Whore of Babylon” was actually a tolerant, wise and popular leader in her day, forced by necessity into a villainous role by the war-mongering, monotheistic early Christians precisely in order to justify their monotheistic war-mongering.

There is also an overall feeling that the treatment given to Muhammad’s proud and often vicious ninth wife, Aisha, lacks balance, though of all the historical characters I have encountered thus far Aisha does appear to be one of the most complex, and the difficulty of balancing her story is far from unforgivable.

Sep 07, Pages. It is part of the annual Ashura rites. We rely on the basic stuff of history….

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

You’ve successfully reported this review. I was surprised, for example, that while Hazleton provided several possible explanations for why Ali R was called Abu Turab, all of them were dramatic and spoke of loss and sorrow, and she hqzleton bother to include the account believed by most Sunni Muslims, which is found in Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. This book was the cliched ‘breath of fresh air’.