The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split

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Overlook Press, 2008 - History - 415 pages
[In this book, the author] recounts the lives of the handful of individuals - the first four Caliphs, the Prophet's widows and the conquering generals - who led and influenced Islam after the death of Muhammad. Within this fifty-year span of conquest and empire-building, [the author] identifies the seeds of discord and civil war that destroyed the unity of Islam and traces the roots of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the rivalry of the two people who best knew and loved the Prophet: his cousin and son-in-law Ali and his wife Aisha--Dust jacket.

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THE HEIRS OF MUHAMMAD: Islam's First Century and the Origins of the Sunni-Shia Split

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A well-crafted glimpse into the origins and early years of Islam, even then torn by dissension and violence.Imagine that the Reformation and Counterreformation had been waged soon after Christ died ... Read full review

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British author Rogerson follows up his biographyThe Prophet Muhammad with a history book about Islam, but it is not an academic or reference work, such as Albert Hourani'sA History of the Arab Peoples ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Barnaby Rogerson is the author of more than a dozen books, ncluding The Heirs of Muhammad: Islam's First Century and the Origins ofthe Sunni-Shia Schism, The Prophet Muhammad: A Biography, and A History of Noth Africa. He has lived and worked in many parts of the Arab world, and currently resides in London.

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