Narrative history at its most compelling, After the Prophet relates the dramatic tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between Shia and Sunni Islam. Grippingly written and deeply moving, this is the book that allows Western readers to grasp the scope and power of the Shia-Sunni split as never before.
“Thrilling in its depiction of long-ago events… Passionately and scrupulously done.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A new masterpiece… Thrillingly and intelligently distills one of the most consequential trains of events in all history.” —Booklist, starred review
“A remarkable telling of the story of Islam—a tale of power, intrigue, rivalry, jealousy, assassination, manipulation, greed and faith… but above all a very human story, in a wonderful novelistic style.” —Hooman Majd, author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ
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