The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And The Roots Of The Sunni-Shia Schism

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Little, Brown Book Group, Nov 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The Prophet Muhammad taught the word of God to the Arabs. Within a generation of his death, his followers - as vivid a cast of heroic individuals as history has known - had exploded out of Arabia to confront the two great superpowers of the seventh-century and establish Islam and a new civilization. That the protagonists originated from the small oasis communities of central Arabia gives their adventures, their rivalries, their loves and their achievements an additional vivacity and intimacy. So that on one hand, THE HEIRS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD is a swaggering saga of ambition, immense achievement, self-sacrificing nobility and blood rivalry, while on the other it allows us to understand some of the complexities of our modern world. For within this fifty-year span of conquest and empire-building, Barnaby Rogerson also identifies the seeds of discord that destroyed the unity of Islam, and traces the roots of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the rivalry of the two individuals who best knew and loved the Prophet: his cousin and son-in-law Ali and his wife Aisha.

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

An informative but rather one-sided book; this is more a hagiography than a history. The author admits up front that the records from that period are created by partisans and likely to be exaggerated ... Read full review

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User Review  - nabeelar - LibraryThing

This is one of the few biographies of Prophet Muhammad and the Rightly Caliphs that I found to be a real page-turner. It is the first bio that I have ever read that starts out with a physical ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Barnaby Rogerson is author of the prestigious Cadogan Travel Guides to Cyprus, Morocco and (with Rose Baring) of Tunisia, as well as a history of North Africa. He is author of the forthcoming THE LAST CRUSADE (Little, Brown, 2006).

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