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

By Lesley Hazleton

During this gripping narrative background, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the middle of the continuing competition among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the scoop now greater than ever.
 
Even as Muhammad lay loss of life, the conflict over who might take regulate of the hot Islamic kingdom had all started, starting a succession trouble marked by means of strength grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam used to be embroiled in civil struggle, pitting its founder's arguable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s excellent of unity.
   
Combining meticulous examine with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the risky intersection of faith and politics, psychology and tradition, and historical past and present occasions. it's an quintessential consultant to the intensity and gear of the Shia–Sunni split.

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Yet find them she did, one by one, and returned triumphantly to the camp with the beads tied securely into a knot in the hem of her smock, only to discover that the camp was no longer there. The whole expedition had moved on, and she was suddenly alone in the desert. How it had happened was understandable. Her maid, an Ethiopian slave girl, had seen her climbing into the howdah, but nobody had seen her slip out again. They had all assumed she was inside and that since the canopy was drawn, she did not want to be disturbed, so they had left without her.

To be Muslim—literally to submit yourself to God’s will—was to forsake all the old divisiveness. It meant no more tribe against tribe or rich against poor. They were one people, one community, bound together in the simple but stunning acknowledgment that there was no god but God. It was an egalitarian message, as revolutionary in its time and place as that of an earlier prophet in first-century Palestine. And to those who controlled the city’s wealth, it was downright subversive, a direct challenge to the status quo of power.

At seventeen months old, he died, and it remains unclear if he ever actually existed or if, in a culture in which sons were considered a sign of their fathers’ virility, he was instead a kind of legendary assurance of the Prophet’s honor. Certainly any of the wives crowded around Muhammad’s sickbed would have given her eyeteeth—all her teeth, in fact—to have had children by him. To have been the mother of his children would have automatically granted her higher status than any of the other wives.

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