After the Prophet Lesley Hazleton

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After the Prophet  by  Lesley Hazleton

After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton
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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 familyMoreNarrative 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 Muhammads grandson Hussein at Karbala.

Husseins agonizing ordeal at Karbala was soon to become the Passion story at the core of Shia Islam.Hazletons vivid, gripping prose provides extraordinary insight into the origins of the worlds 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 Irans 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.

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