Sunnis and Shi'a
A compelling history of the ancient schism that continues to divide IslamWhen Muhammad died in 632 without a male heir, Sunnis contended that the choice of a successor should fall to his closest companions, but Shi'a believed that God had inspired the Prophet to appoint his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, as leader. So began a schism that is nearly as old as Islam itself. In a sweeping historical narrative spanning the Islamic world, Laurence Lou r tells the story of this ancient rivalry, taking readers from the last days of Muhammad to the political and doctrinal clashes of Sunnis and Shi'a today.
Publication Date: 01-Aug-2020
Publisher: Princeton University Press