Sunnis and Shi'a

Laurence Louer; Ethan Rundell (Translator)

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A compelling history of the ancient schism that continues to divide Islam

When 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.

ISBN: 9780691207780
Publication Date: 01-Aug-2020
Publisher: Princeton University Press