By Lesley Hazleton
During this gripping narrative background, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the middle of the continued contention among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the scoop now greater than ever.
Even as Muhammad lay loss of life, the conflict over who could take keep an eye on of the hot Islamic country had all started, starting a succession drawback marked by way of energy grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam used to be embroiled in civil warfare, pitting its founder's debatable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s excellent of unity.
Combining meticulous learn 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 quintessential consultant to the intensity and gear of the Shia–Sunni split.
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With the exception of the reference to creation from “an extraction of clay,” which was believed to apply only to the special case of the ﬁrst man, Adam, this passage was held to represent the normal development of the human fetus. Some scholars interpreted “and then we produced it as another creature” as indicating that the infant was given a soul some time after conception (Qur ubī, Jāmi , xii, 5-14; Rāzī, Tafsīr, xxiii, 84-7; abarsī, Majma , vii, 101; abā abā ī, Mīzān, xv, 20-4). Well-known adīth, recorded in both Sunnī and Shī ī collections, provided further justiﬁcation for this view.
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