By Lesley Hazleton
During this gripping narrative historical past, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the middle of the continuing competition among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the inside track now greater than ever.
Even as Muhammad lay demise, the conflict over who could take regulate of the hot Islamic state had started, starting a succession predicament marked by means of strength grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam used to be embroiled in civil warfare, pitting its founder's arguable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s perfect of unity.
Combining meticulous examine with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the unstable intersection of faith and politics, psychology and tradition, and background and present occasions. it truly is an critical advisor to the intensity and tool of the Shia–Sunni split.
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That was how everyone in the oasis witnessed the arrival of the Prophet’s wife just before nightfall, hours behind the main body of the expedition, sitting tall and proud on a camel led by a good-looking young warrior. She must surely have sensed that something was wrong as people stared in a kind of stunned astonishment. ” Must have seen how they looked sideways at each other and muttered as she passed. No matter how upright she sat on Safwan’s camel, how high she held her head or how disdainful her glare, she must have heard the tongues start to wag as children ran ahead, spreading the word, and must have known what that word was.
They express the feel of Ali, who he is for them—the man mentored and groomed by Muhammad himself, inducted by the Prophet into the inner, gnostic meaning of Islam so that his understanding of the faith would far surpass that of all others. What does it matter if in life he was not the most handsome man in the world? In spirit is where he lives, stronger in body and in many ways stronger still in influence and respect than when he was alive. Muhammad seemed to recognize this the moment he heard those first words of unwavering commitment from his young cousin.
Muhammad’s first wife was the one woman who, precisely because she was dead, was unassailable. He had made this perfectly clear, for in all of Aisha’s teasing of him, the one time she went too far—the one time Muhammad rebuked her—was when she dared turn that sharp tongue of hers on Khadija. It took the form of a question designed, it seemed, to taunt Muhammad with her own attractiveness. It was the kind of question only a teenager could ask and only an older woman could regret as she related the incident many years later.
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton