By Wilferd Madelung

In a complete examine of early Islamic background, Wilferd Madelung examines the clash which built after Muhammad's loss of life for the management of the Muslim neighborhood. He pursues the historical past of this clash during the reign of the 4 'Rightly Guided' caliphs to its climax within the first inter-Muslim conflict. the result of the battle, which marked the loss of life of the reign of the Early partners, led to the lasting schism among Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam. opposite to fresh scholarly developments, the writer brings out Ali's early declare to valid succession, which received aid from the Shi'a, and gives a resounding reinterpretation of early Islamic historical past. This booklet will make an immense contribution to the talk over succession. Wilferd Madelung's ebook The Succession to Muhammad has been offered the easiest publication of the 12 months prize by way of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the yr 1997.

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