By Wilferd Madelung

In a finished examine of early Islamic heritage, Wilferd Madelung examines the clash which built after Muhammad's demise for the management of the Muslim neighborhood. He pursues the historical past of this clash in the course of the reign of the 4 'Rightly Guided' caliphs to its climax within the first inter-Muslim battle. the result of the conflict, which marked the death of the reign of the Early partners, led to the lasting schism among Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam. opposite to contemporary scholarly developments, the writer brings out Ali's early declare to valid succession, which received aid from the Shi'a, and provides a resounding reinterpretation of early Islamic historical past. This booklet will make a massive contribution to the talk over succession. Wilferd Madelung's ebook The Succession to Muhammad has been provided the easiest booklet of the yr prize through the Islamic Republic of Iran for the 12 months 1997.

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