After the Prophet

After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam, by Lesley Hazleton

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  1. Recently finished this book, another gem by Lesley Hazleton.

    Her writing is excellent on the page, and delightful to the ear (she does her own reading on the audio version, which is great for the car commute and of exceptional quality).

    The story of the split is interesting, certainly, but also it’s striking how many similarities there are between Islam and Christianity – the passion narratives of Jesus at Golgotha and of Muhammad’s grandson Hussein at Karbala, the expected return of the Christian messiah and of the Islamic Mahdi, the belief that suffering and persecution of Jesus and of the Imams are thought to be redemptive, etc.

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