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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The Essence of Sufism. I clearly feel a stronger liking for Shia rather than Sunni beliefs.

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Lesley Hazleton takes up the ambitious task of trying to explain without bias the ‘Shia-Sunni Split’ in a historical context and that too in under pages. Apr 01, Jean rated it really liked it Shelves: As will the fact that her main authority is the highly respected and erudite ninth century historian Al-Tabari, a Sunni. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Much of what we know about Muhammad and those closest to him was passed down from generation to generation verbally. Confessions of a Fast Woman. After reading this book, I can say it was all due to the result of an over possessiveness of a jealous wife and the devotees of the Prophet.

Feb 14, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. The author relates these very same tales to the reader. She takes the reader right into these historical stories and breathes life into the elus Lesley Hazleton takes up the ambitious task of trying to explain without bias the ‘Shia-Sunni Split’ in a historical context and that too in under pages.


The book is a fast, entertaining read, even exciting. Easy to read with not more then necessary detail of historic events. What I do give this book however is, it’s short, moves briskly and most importantly it spurs curiosity! Regular readers will know that I’m already a big fan of religion journalist Lesley Hazleton, and especially after reading her bewitching Jezebel last year, in which through historical texts and contemporary journeys through the Holy Land she argued that who we’ve traditionally thought of as the “Whore of Babylon” was actually a tolerant, wise and popular leader in her day, forced by necessity into a villainous role by the war-mongering, monotheistic early Christians precisely in order to justify their monotheistic war-mongering.

The account holds that once, Ali R and Fatima R had a fight and he was so angry that he left his home and spent that night in the masjid, the equivalent to sleeping on the couch, basically.

Juxtaposing such serious works with someone like Hazleton’s would obviously clarify the weaknesses of latter, which albeit popularizing history builds a very simplistic view for naive and less informed readers. 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.

After the Prophet

A gripping and well-written account, but rather markedly biased in favor of Shia ideology. The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazleton.

Her latest book, Agnostic: Ratings and Reviews 4 21 star ratings 4 reviews. Surprisingly, this book is an easy read.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Lets move on to the next paragraph “The very people who had once opposed Muhammad and plotted to kill him, were now his senior aides” Could you please give us names?

This book details the death of the prophet Mohammed and his initial successors, particularly that of his cousin hazletom adopted son Ali. I was always intrigued about what caused this major split between the Shia and the Sunnis.


This book was the cliched ‘breath of fresh air’. I am not sure if Al-Tabari produced a collection of works that was dedicated to this sort of historical psychic analysis. See all reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The Story of Muhammad Kindle Edition. I want you to have the experience of learning the facts from an author who has a knack for telling a story. If I told the whole story, I would have re-write the book, and Hazleton does a much better job than I could. The writer is great, and it’s an easy read even if you are not familiar with the religion or culture.

Reading other afher of this book, some reviewers mentioned this book is in favor of Shia side. She did not take any of these in consideration.

She has also done an exceptional job of bringing to the reader’s attention the origins of Wahhabi Islam, the branch which set itself hazketon as the pure, or fundamental, branch, which has since spawned the Saud ruling family of Saudi Arabia as well as Al-Qaeda. If anything, her book for me is impetus to read Tabari and similar works, a mammoth task in itself there propget 39 volumes of his English translation of his “history of prophets and kings”.

For this reader’s liking she has too much time for Ali, a man who hated civil war but led his armies into three of them. He had even served as Muhammad’s double in Mecca, risking his own life while giving the Prophet time to escape.