January 1, 2020

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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Most of the history has been picked up from the great work of Al-Tabari which makes it pretty believable. Or in other words, he was mostly concerned with the collection rather than the authentication of these happenings. Quotes from After the Prophet Please try again later.

You are introduced to the characters of Islamic history as someone from amongst them. So that I think is the reason why I ended up liking it. A History of Ancient Rome. Here are three problems that make this book more harmful than good to your understanding of the Muslim schism: I could almost imagine that if all this had only been better known in the West, American troops would never have been sent within a hundred miles of Iraqi holy cities like Najaf and Karbala, which figure in it so largely, and that we would never have tried to intervene in an argument fueled by such a volatile blend of emotion, religion, and politics.

Apr 05, Marvi rated it it was amazing. Nov 08, Shahmeer rated it really liked it Shelves: Lost to the West. What a fascinating book this was! Much American foreign policy has been shaped by the centuries-old disagreement between Islam’s two main factions, and yet Americans in general, and our politicians in particular, often can’t tell Sunnis from Shi’ites.

After the Prophet

Moreover, the book is written with great understanding and sympathy. 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.


Doesn’t necessarily mean aftrr has to acknowledge everything written in the book as the truth but one eventually subsides personal beliefs and emotions somewhat, for the sake of reading gazleton. Al-Tahari’s thirty-nine volume work in English translation, The History of Al-Tahariexamines the history of ancient Persia and then goes on to cover the rise of Islam and its world through the early 10th century.

Their sadness results from the disrespectful treatment of the Prophet’s family for two generations, and the complex series of events that culminates in extreme cruelty at Karbala. Despite his smallpox scarred les,ey, people still talked admiringly of his golden complexion and his flashing smile-flashing not with whiteness but with the fine gold wire bound around his teeth for decoration” Another personality hazleto introduced as follows: Now for those who are wondering why have given it a 3 star rating, which in GR language means Return to Book Page.

How to tye a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. Lesley has taken a very sensitive topic, has rpophet both sides of the story to narrate and connected it very shrewdly to the modern day. You should not expect to learn what the teachings of the Sunni or Shia from this book.

After The Prophet

When Muhammad gave his daughter to Ali, his first cousin and adopten son, he demanded that they too have a monogamous marriage. Leley declared that his wives were to be separated from any men not of their kin by a thin muslin curtain. And thanks to this book, my friends don’t have to telling the history, only gives different perspective from Sunni side.

A story of human passion and consequence, told with consummate skill. Growing up I knew that Sunnis hate Shias and vice versa. In fact, she at times compiled multiple details from different narrations together, some of which contradicted each other.


With the publication of this outstanding book, we no longer have any excuse. Lesley pointed out that the Tubri’s book is surprisingly a very postmodern text which repeats events and accounts by different sources. Not Enabled Screen Reader: If a woman alleges rape and cannot find four witnesses to the act, she is found guilty of slander and adultery and punished accordingly. Critically considering the information, while at-tabari seems to be heavily referenced, several Shia accounts from Nahjul Balagha- a collection pgophet Ali’s sermons and letters, sheik at-tusi, tabatabai, razi, mufeed, majlisi and many others fail to be mentioned as a result of an ostensibly lazy research.

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And then, it all starts to go badly wrong, with the first drop of Muslim blood spilt by a Muslim hand. Hazleton does appear to have more sympathy for the Shia over the Sunni, though this may be justified.

She takes the reader right into these historical stories and breathes life into the elusive ‘plastic saints’ who us normal people rarely relate to and makes them real flesh and blood. Rarely has a non-fictional book so filled my head. Stay in Touch Sign up. As an introduction to the SHIA narrative, told in a “lavish” manner.

Hazleton’s book gives us all the details of history and lets us in on how the middle east and Islam was formed and why the history of that region is so alive today!

Also by Lesley Hazleton. If Muhammad divorced Aisha, the rumors would be taken to be the truth, and his authority would be further eroded. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief.