After the Prophet

After the Prophet : The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132 x 202 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Anchor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385523947
  • 9780385523943
  • 29,303

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“Fascinating. . . . Lively and engaging. . . . Anyone seeking to understand today’s Middle East can learn from this book. . . . Hazleton not only recounts the facts behind the split but also expertly uses centuries-old accounts to convey the depth of emotional and spiritual associations bundled within a simple word like ‘Karbala.’ . . . [She] deftly uses original sources, many based on contemporaneous or nearly so oral accounts, to give life and breath to figures familiar to every Muslim but unknown to most non-Muslims.” —"Seattle Times" “Illuminating. . . . "After the Prophet" will be held up as a primer for grasping the modern-day Middle East.” —"The Miami Herald" “Remarkable. . . . A story of human passion and consequence, told with consummate skill. . . . [Hazleton] manages the not inconsiderable feat of maintaining scholarly respect for her subject while also showing a real fondness for the people at the stoshow more

About Lesley Hazleton

British-born Lesley Hazleton is a veteran Middle East journalist whose work has appeared in the" New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, "the" Nation," and other publications. The author of several books on Middle East politics, religion, and history, Hazleton now lives in Seattle, Washington. She blogs about religion and politics at For more information, visit: more