After the Prophet

The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

By Lesley Hazleton
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385523943, 256pp.)

Publication Date: September 7, 2010

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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, a rift that dominates the news now more than ever.
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. Soon Islam was embroiled in civil war, pitting its founder's controversial wife Aisha against his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad's ideal of unity.
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. It is an indispensable guide to the depth and power of the Shia-Sunni split.




About the Author
Lesley Hazleton reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for "Time", "The New York Times", "The New York Review of Books", and "Harper s", among other publications. Her last book, "After the Prophet", was a finalist for the PEN-USA book Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.
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