After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in by Lesley Hazleton

By Lesley Hazleton

During this gripping narrative background, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic tale on the middle of the continuing competition among the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the scoop now greater than ever.
Even as Muhammad lay demise, the conflict over who may take keep watch over of the recent Islamic kingdom had began, starting a succession concern marked by way of strength grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam used to be embroiled in civil conflict, pitting its founder's debatable spouse Aisha opposed to his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad’s perfect of unity.
Combining meticulous examine with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the unstable intersection of faith and politics, psychology and tradition, and historical past and present occasions. it's an integral advisor to the intensity and tool of the Shia–Sunni split.

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55 The Hujja restricts itself to sunna evidence, suggesting that Qur anic grammatical arguments about women’s legal agency had not yet become part of the debates on this topic. Though he departs from the view of the other jurists in ruling that women may conclude marriage contracts, Abu Hanifa assumes, like his contemporaries, that families have a special stake in the marriage arrangements of their female members and that women should not marry beneath themselves. He permits women to contract their own marriages, though with restrictions that do not apply to men.

The jurists themselves closely scrutinized and criticized each other’s works. I like to think they would not mind that I also engage with their claims and evidence, and attend closely to the ways in which they argue with each other. 1 q Transacting Marriage I N SEVENTH- CENTURY Arabia, a daughter was born to a Muslim named al-Musayyab ibn Najaba. He hastened to visit his cousin Quray a bint Hibban at her home to share the good news. ” Quray a, though, rejected his attempt to renege. ” Unable to convince her to free him from his promise, Musayyab tried a new tack.

In texts that explore legal disputes, arguments often concerned issues that were relatively small compared to the universe of unspoken agreements. At the same time, seemingly minor disputes could hinge on major differences in jurisprudential methodologies. This chapter treats consent to marriage and dower, areas around which formative-period Muslim authorities agreed and disagreed. I highlight assumptions about kin and household networks as well as about the legal personhood of free and enslaved males and females, both minors and majors.

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