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

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In "After the Prophet," ­veteran Middle East journalist Lesley Hazleton tells with great flair this "epic story of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam," as she rightly calls it...Sometimes the sheer telling of a tale, passionately and scrupulously done, can ease even the oldest and sorest of grievances...
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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.




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About Lesley Hazleton

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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 PENUSA Book Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.
 
Published September 4, 2009 by Anchor. 258 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Eric Ormsby on Sep 11 2009

In "After the Prophet," ­veteran Middle East journalist Lesley Hazleton tells with great flair this "epic story of the Shia-Sunni split in Islam," as she rightly calls it...Sometimes the sheer telling of a tale, passionately and scrupulously done, can ease even the oldest and sorest of grievances...

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