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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (15 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521646960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521646963
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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'Never before have the first thirty years in the life of the Muslim community been more meaningfuly interpreted. All students of Islam will want to keep this book within arm's reach.' Choice

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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Huraira on 8 Sept. 2011
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At the moment I am delving into the Shia' side of Islam. I am a muslim, neither Sunni nor Shia'. For the last five years I studied a lot of the Sunni side but I had wanted to balance what I found with the views of Shia's. Anyway, this book is excellent. I am glad that it is written by a non-muslim because unfortunately, many of the books about this era tend to be biased depending on where the muslim author stands. It is a scholarly work, and brings in many sources from many standpoints, not all good or bad for either Sunni or Shia. By bringing in these sources, the author is able to put forward a more rounded view and is also able to give positive and negative criticisms of the main players - something that is frowned upon by certain muslims. The one drawback about this book is that you can lose track with all the sources, and it is worthwhile to re-read certain parts. I haven't finished the book yet - I am up to Ali and the battle of the Camel, but this is a book that I can't put down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Muhammad A. Syed on 7 Aug. 2004
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Madelung starts off in the introduction with how a lot of things regarding the Shia-sunni conflict have been taken for granted, citing the major works in the area, such as Lammens and Caetani. He then gradually works his way from the time of the death of the Prophet till the martyrdom of Ali. Madelung feels that the earlier Historians took only those facts which were undisputed to reconstruct their histories and hence have barely scratched the surface. To him, this approach is injustice to the subject which is the basis of the main split in Islam.
This book is thorough to say the least. Madelung refers almost entirely to the primary sources, and often transliterates the actual arabic too. He takes nothing for granted, questioning even the most widely believed dogma. This is a truly scientific and scholarly work. Madelungs attention to detail is meticulous. He analyses each hadith from many different points of view and then sometimes gives alternate reports (or explanations) in the footnotes i.e. he lays down all the facts well before he makes his commentary on them. Hence one is left free to make ones own opinion on whatever information is available.
Reading this book together (or after) the book Origins and Early development of Shia Islam by H M Jafri, would help greatly in understanding the book. Madelung does not discuss the life of the Prophet in great detail. Hence the readers will miss out on a number of events which occured during the life of the Prophet which the Shia claim indicate his nomination of Ali as his successor. Most notable of these events being that of Ghadir Khumm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sajad Jiyad TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Feb. 2013
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I use this book for my students book lists, requiring reviews from some of them and have yet to meet anyone who is totally agreeable with it. The detail is good, the approach is good for a historian (not for a theologian) and the results will at the same time please everybody and displease everybody. Attempt to read this work without dogmatic anxiety and it will be more fruitful, otherwise you may find yourself shaking your head for large parts of it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Aug. 1997
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A most comprehensive and prolific piece of work. The author should be congratulated for picking up on an area that is essential for the proper understanding of the Shia and their beliefs. Although, I did not agree with the author's analysis of certain historical events, nevertheless this work should be viewed as a platform upon which further research shall be based.

This book shall challenge the 'packaged' history that the Western academics and Orientalists have accepted about Islam. The book also illustrates a wider principle of the extent to which interested parties can influence the recording of historical events and the interpretation that is attached to them.

I have rated the book 10 due to the scholarship and the independence/originality of the work.
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By Ather Uthman on 20 Jun. 2013
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A really well researched and well written book. It looks into the life of the companions of the prophet Muhammad in great deatil and certainly gives them a human touch. Admittedly, it is a little biased (for the Shia perspective) never the less the majority of the text both criticises and praises the actions of the companions. It certainly makes it perfectly clear what a great man and ambassador for Islam Ali ibn Talib was. A must read for anyone interested in the Shia Sunni schism.
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This book looks at the most controversial matter after the prophets death and provides historical and logical reasons as to who really deserved to lead the muslim ummah after the prophet...truth ultimately prevails and for those who search for it will surely find it.
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This is absolutely my favorite Islamic history book - Madelungs wonderful presentation also make the wast and complex formative history of Islam easy to grasp. Must read by everyone that loves history, especially Islamic formative period under the first four Caliphs.
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