After the Prophet

After the Prophet

The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

Book - 2009
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Balancing past and present, Hazelton shows how 7th-century events are alive in Middle Eastern hearts and minds today as though they had just happened, shaping modern headlines from Iran's Islamic Revolution to the civil war in Iraq.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780385523936
Branch Call Number: 297.8042 HAZLE
Characteristics: 239 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Oct 25, 2017

Essential information. Every American should understand the Shia-Sunni divide as the US has been spending trillions of dollars (and hundreds of American lives) in the Middle East to perpetuate this perennial feud.

Aug 22, 2017

This is a more in detail account of the beginnings of the Shia-Sunni rift and why it continues to this day including landmarks and observances. I especially liked Jonathan Raban's favorable review of the book, included on the book cover, with his contempt for the architects of the war in Iraq. I gave this book 3 stars because the writing style drifted with descriptive anecdotes and "what ifs". Better references than her other book "The First Muslim".

Mar 17, 2012

The book gives a fresh pespective on the topic, very well written. The characters become human and one can understand why things turned out the way it did.


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