Praise for "After the Prophet"
""After the Prophet" is a remarkable and respectful telling of the story of Islam--a tale of power, intrigue, rivalry, jealousy, assassination, manipulation, greed, and faith that would have made Machiavelli shudder (had he read it), but above all it is a very human story, told in a wonderfully novelistic style that puts most other, often dreary, explanations of the Shia-Sunni divide to shame."
--Hooman Majd, author of "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
""After the Prophet" vividly re-creates the personal rivalries and resentments that led to Islam's great schism in the immediate wake of Muhammad's death, and makes one understand how truly contemporary they are with our own time. Lesley Hazleton brings off the happy effect of turning the reader into a participant in the world she describes--a world of long memories, where the deep past lives on in the present day, as if the Battle of Karbala in 680 A.D. was little more than an eyeblink away fshow more