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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam (edition 2010)

by Lesley Hazleton

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Title:After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Authors:Lesley Hazleton
Info:Anchor (2010), Paperback, 256 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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After the Prophet is a brief yet comprehensive exploration of the Shia-Sunni split. Hazleton's writing is fresh and engaging as she leads us from the Prophet Muhammad's tenuous beginning in the seventh century through the birth and development of the Islamic nation, and finally to modern political and cultural conflicts. As a non-Muslim unfamiliar with this particular religious history, it is difficult to know if aspects of the story suffer from oversimplification. However, it stands regardless as a compelling introduction to the complex history of Islam of particular use to naive readers seeking a not-so-daunting starting point. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
في هذا تجتاح تاريخ السرد، ليزلي هازلتون يحكي قصة مأساوية في قلب التنافس المستمر بين فروع السنية والشيعية من الإسلام، وهو الخلاف الذي يهيمن على الأخبار الآن أكثر من أي وقت مضى. حتى مات الرسول، وكانت معركة بشأن من الذي سيتولى السيطرة على الأمة الإسلامية الجديدة، وبدأت أزمة خلافة تميزت قمة سائغة السلطة واغتيال والمكائد السياسية، والإيمان. دخل الإسلام في حروب أهلية. ( )
  musallam | Jan 4, 2015 |
A fascinating insight into the last days of Mohammed and the next few generations after his death.

Lots of politics, scheming and of course plenty of violence: few of the Islamic leaders that came after Mohammed died in their beds.

My only criticism is that this book seems to be a bit biased towards the Shia viewpoint. Lots of time is spent on Ali and Hussein, and almost everything they do seems to be seen in a positive way. ( )
  Pondlife | Jul 14, 2012 |
Themes: religion, family, community, civil war, holy war

I may just revise the rating and make this one the first 5 star read of the year.

Puzzled by some of the anger and infighting in the Middle East? Have a hard time keeping groups straight? Wonder why they can't all just work things out? Turns out the seeds of that anger go way back. all the way back to the 7th century AD.

This remarkably written book traces the conflict between the Sunni and the Shi'a Muslims, how it began, and what the consequences are for today. While her focus is on the history, the implications for today are clear. With every development, she draws the modern parallels and explains how it would shape the future.

I really recommend this one. I admit to being one who just skims through the developments in the Middle East, tired of the fighting and the violence, and resigned to the fact that I don't understand it at all. Well, this was a good place to start. I'm still confused about a lot of the current figures, but this gives the reader a solid underpinning on the motives behind it all. ( )
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Narrative history at its most compelling, After the Prophet relates the dramatic tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between Shia and Sunni Islam.

Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over his successor had begun. Pitting the family of his favorite wife, the controversial Aisha, against 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. Hussein's agonizing ordeal at Karbala was soon to become the Passion story at the core of Shia Islam.

Hazleton's vivid, gripping prose provides extraordinary insight into the origins of the world's most volatile blend of politics and religion. Balancing past and present, she shows how these seventh-century events are as alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today as though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran's Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.

After the Prophet is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and an emotional and political revelation for Western readers.

Balancing past and present, Hazelton shows how 7th-century events are alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today as though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran's Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.

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