After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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

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In this gripping narrative history, Lesley Hazleton tells the tragic story at the heart of the ongoing rivalry between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam, a rift that dominates the news now more than ever.



  • I decided to get this book because I'm into history, but I didn't anticipate enjoying it as much as I did. The author has a fantastic way of writing and his narration of the book is truly inspiring. He is enthusiastic and keeps you engaged throughout. It's a truly captivating and worthwhile experience. I strongly suggest giving it a listen or a read.
  • The review seems a bit biased, occasionally contradicting the details mentioned in the book, and surprisingly, even the facts. I was not a fan of the overly dramatic and soap opera-like writing style.
  • The story and subject of 'After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam' are solid, and the way it is presented is fantastic. However, I found the author's focus on the Shia perspective to be somewhat unbalanced.
  • This book is absolutely amazing, offering a captivating narrative and a thorough examination of the Shia-Sunni divide in Islam. It is particularly beneficial for readers who may not have a deep understanding of the religion.
  • This book presents an inconsistent account of the events, making it difficult to confidently recommend. While it accurately portrays most events, there is a glaring omission regarding Imam Hassan (A.S), which is noticeable to those familiar with this history. It is puzzling how the book alternates between claiming Aisha as the Prophet's (S.A.W.A.W) favorite wife and portraying her as a tragic figure, while also highlighting that the Prophet was monogamous with Khadeeja (A.S) until her death and saw her as irreplaceable. These conflicting statements are hard to reconcile. Additionally, relying on Aisha's account of Imam Ali (A.S) urging the Prophet to divorce her as a true representation of what happened is questionable, considering the book points out the unreliability of her narration. This feels like an attempt to force a narrative that distorts the truth. The book loses credibility when discussing Imam Hassan (A.S). It glosses over crucial details of the peace treaty and implies that Imam Hassan was a weak man who sought peace due to financial gain. This portrayal is insulting, especially considering other accounts in the book acknowledge Imam Hassan as a courageous warrior in battles such as the Camel and Siffin. Moreover, the author fails to mention any other conditions of the treaty, focusing solely on the succession after Mua'wiya. My biggest issue is the audacity of claiming that Imam Hussain (A.S) was against this treaty. If that were the case, why did Imam Hussain wait ten years after Imam Hassan's death to wage a war? Imam Hussain waited for Mua'wiya to pass away because the peace treaty was entirely broken when the succession did not return to the Ahlulbayt. In conclusion, this book may be suitable for newcomers interested in a broad retelling of the tragedy of Hussain (A.S), but I cannot recommend it to readers seeking a more comprehensive and unbiased examination of the historical events.
  • This book is without a doubt one of the most disappointing reads I have ever encountered, if not the absolute worst. It is filled with falsehoods, distortions, misuse of information, and misinterpretations. It's clear that the author either lacks depth and proper knowledge, or is shamelessly biased and blinded by unethical motives. The author portrays the initial generation of Muslims, who were known for their purity and selflessness, as nothing more than thieves, cheaters, and killers driven solely by their own earthly desires, egos, and ill intentions. She paints a skewed picture of historical events based on her misguided and biased perspective, utilizing fabricated and unreliable sources to support her preconceived notions and unfounded judgments. What's worse, she exaggerates these fabricated stories to manipulate her audience and further poison their minds. It's evident that the author has no understanding of the distinction between authentic and fabricated "Hadiths," and she completely neglects any sense of balance or professionalism in her analysis and conclusions. I am truly shocked and let down that a publisher would be convinced to bring such a terrible book to the literary stage.