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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But I know this is wishful thinking. What did Ali advise Muhammad to do with this woman Aisha, who had disgraced the Prophet, and fought with Ali’s own wife Fatima? Nonetheless I’d still recommend it to anyone who wants to understand how the events unfold, esp chronologically.

The external factors and much of the incidents were a real eye opener and the split’s lineage to the current political situation of the middle east with reference to Sunni- Shia split was very knowledgeable too but though I thought it to be unbiased, in the end almost all of the accounts are from the Shia texts leaving little room for the Sunni’s less than no accounts of the events whatsoever. A God Who Hates.

The general Western reader will come away from this book with a newfound respect for the depth and power of the early schism in Islam and of what happened at Karbala. She has two degrees in psychology B. At this point, Lesley Hazleton starts referring far more frequently to events that have occurred over the past years.


Marriage was a political instrument, and of course a means of producing offspring. Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias. Afteer me the most interesting character was Mauwiya and the legacy he has managed to leave for the rest of the Ummah. Lesley Hazleton’s marvelous After the Prophet: In fact, she at times compiled multiple details from different narrations together, some of which contradicted each other.

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If a woman alleges rape and cannot find four witnesses to the act, she is found guilty of slander and adultery and punished accordingly. I expect it will generate a lively discussion. Explains the soul and philosphy of the contradiction.

This quote begins with a bit of the story which helps explain the antipathy between Aisha and Ali. I don’t like the idea of being associated with a specific sect. Quotes from After the Prophet I could not put it down. This held true not only for adultery, but also for rape.

If I did convert, I would probably actually be a mystical, poetry-spouting Sufi Muslim, aftee third wing of Islam that gets almost no play at all. Since adulthood I have never classified myself as either a Sunni or a Shia.

The only way this question could be settled was through divine intervention. Of course, no disrespect intended to those who loved the book.

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In front of the assemblage, he spread his cloak over the four, symbolizing their connection to him and his protection. The Author introduces one extremely revered personality from the Sunni side as follows: This is a review of literally the first 20 pages.


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. Such stories go a long way to understanding the different forces pressing in on early Islam and, when twinned with current tensions, particularly in Iraq, make the various fractures and their results easier to understand.

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

Without telling anyone, she went back to search for the beads. The first turning point came seven years before the death the Teh Muhammad. She has a most interesting deep voice. A Universe from Nothing.

How else inspire people to forfeit their lives and lwsley of others in its name? The main focus of the book is to explain the history that lies behind the Shia-Sunni split. In this gripping narrative history, Lesley Hazleton tells the ater 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. I read this book out of long time curiosity.

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