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The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate

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In a convincing reinterpretation of early Islamic history, Wilferd Madelung examines the conflict which developed after the death of Muhammad for control of the Muslim community. He demonstrates how this conflict, which marked the demise of the first four caliphs, resulted in the lasting schism between Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam. In contrast to recent scholarly trends, the ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 23rd 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published August 29th 1996)
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Jun 21, 2016 Edith rated it really liked it
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Early Islamic history is interesting because the reader is struck by how immensely human the figures are (though later history writing tends to gloss over the “flaws” of human frailty and recast the stories in a hagiographic light, which makes them more boring. Nevertheless I have a fondness for Umar's most quotable quotes). Madelung takes it even further by giving the traditional narrative history a thorough and critical read and gave a forceful conclusion of what he considers to be the truth t ...more
Jul 28, 2015 Mansoor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نمونه ای تحسین برانگیز از این که چگونه یک مورخ خبره منابعش را زیر و رو می کند، شواهدش را می چیند، نظریه های رقیب را تضعیف می کند، نظریه ی خودش را ارائه می دهد و به نفعش استدلال می کند
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Jun 12, 2014 Segantang Helmi rated it really liked it
after reading this, i know dat logic of being consult to others when making a decision is the best argument to refute those who are insist to accept Abu Bakr RA as the first Caliph... . And up to now, i dont know why those eyes are blinded...

My advice, read the book, see 'them' with your eyes and understand in your heart. May Allah guide us to the right path.
Sep 21, 2014 Mohamed rated it really liked it
A good book that shows the most important stage of Islamic history with the forces that led to the First Civil War that Muslims still suffer from its aftermath.
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Nov 06, 2013 Basit Ijaz rated it it was amazing

Well, I read this book more then 10 years ago and loved it so much that get the whole book photo copied (at that ebook was fantasy, for me at least). I still have that copy but content of this book are still fresh in my mind. Regard it as the most detailed work on how/who/why Islam was divided in Sunni/Shia. Madelung used almost all authentic sources for his research which is so much important to make your point.

Anyone who wants know why/what happned right after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) passed aw
Jun 29, 2013 Jbondandrews rated it it was amazing
A very interesting read concerning the early Caliphate of Islam. Wilferd Madelung does a very competent job writing the early history.
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