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The heirs of the prophet Muhammad : and the roots of the Sunni-Shia schism

Author: Barnaby Rogerson
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2006.
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"The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad is a saga of ambition, achievement, self-sacrificing nobility and blood rivalry, and it also sheds light on some of the complexities of our modern world. For within this fifty-year span of conquest and empire-building, Barnaby Rogerson identifies the seeds of discord that destroyed the unity of Islam, and traces the roots of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the rivalry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: ʻĀʼishah; ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph; ʻĀʼishah; ʻAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Caliph
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barnaby Rogerson
ISBN: 0316727296 9780316727297
OCLC Number: 63790115
Description: xvi, 415 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Barnaby Rogerson.

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A wonderfully vivid history of Islam after Muhammad's death - and the sequel to Rogerson's acclaimed THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD  Read more...

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'Rogerson ... communicates wonderfully how extraordinary Muhammad must have been as a character' EVENING STANDARD 'Rogerson recounts the tale with the love and artistry of a master storyteller, Read more...

 
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