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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This was not typical of the times, not at all. Apr 01, M. This is biased historical narrative mixed with neutral elements and leslwy own elderly, deliberate opinions that makes one wonder who gives her the authority to opine about the so called “history” even if one does come to terms with the kind of brand involved? Boo 1 – Historically inaccurate.
The book is a fast, entertaining read, even exciting. After the Prophet is narrative nonfiction at its finest, and an emotional and political revelation for Western readers. Preview — After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton. Enter your mobile number or hazletom address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Please review your cart.
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Even as Hazletob lay dying, the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic nation had begun, beginning a succession crisis marked by power grabs, assassinat. This trance also established the need for four witnesses to an illegal sexual act for the parties to be found guilty. Apr 13, Ayza Omar rated it liked it. Not realizing that she had been left behind, the caravan proceeded to the city of Medina, home of Mohammed, and the center of Islam.
Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over his successor had begun. Balancing past and present, she shows how these seventh-century events are as alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today afte though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran’s Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.
I mean anyone even reading the start of third para on first page would understand the the kind of broad brush Hazleton is employing here: Lesley has taken a very sensitive topic, has considered both sides of the story to narrate and connected it very shrewdly to the modern day.
History is fascinating, but it must be told in a manner so we don’t yawn and fall asleep.
Proohet other issue troubles me. In the Shadow of the Sword. Confessions of a Fast Woman. Excellent and highly objective articulation of delicate historical events. All the elements of a fantastic story are here: Born in Englandshe was based in Jerusalem from to and in New York City from towhen she moved to a floating home in Seattleoriginally to get her pilot’s license, and became a Proohet. His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. This is the second reason.
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Aisha’s father, Abu Bakr, had been Muhammad’s sole companion when he had been forced to flee Mecca. Some early converts to Islam were Jewish or Christian but surely not the majority? Feb 06, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is an indispensable guide to the depth and power of the Shia—Sunni split.
Jan 03, Nazish rated it really liked it. No, she was no harlot. It is said there is no love purer than that of a grandparent for a grandchild, and Muhammad was clearly as doting and proud a grandfather as ever lived. And growing up like many Muslims around the world, my knowledge was based on what I had heard not read.
To me this was enough but I still forced myself to read a few more pages. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. You are introduced to the characters of Islamic history as someone from amongst them. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.
After the Prophet
Doesn’t necessarily mean one 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 it. The first was the rivalry between Hazrat A book which, if you are a sunni, pushes you to read early Islamic history more objectively and question the political intrigues and conspiracies of that period. Very much the ‘traditional’ history which is perhaps questionable not least because the sources are fairly late and written very much from a Shia hazletpn, but nonetheless a good introduction to a controversial story.
Readers should know that the accounts presented in the book are not without the author’s opinionated deductions on what actually took place and they shouldn’t be surprised to have Shias and Sunnis disagree to some, if not lesldy deductive claims made by lrsley author.
And what she found — as a non- Muslima self-identified “tourist” in the Islamic holy book — wasn’t what she expected. I considered Shias and Sunnis like two brothers who had an argument and were bitter towards each other.
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After the Prophet will be held up as a primer for grasping the modern-day Middle East. Critically considering the information, while at-tabari seems to be heavily referenced, several Shia accounts from Nahjul Balagha- a While Hazleton’s effort in making the complicated history of Islam more accessible to the non-muslin reader is commendable, as a Muslim the simplification is too much to accept. Want to Read saving…. I don’t like the idea of being associated with a specific sect.