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Tackles Religious Sectarianism Well,
This review is from: The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism (Paperback)
If you're going to explore religious sectarianism and the roots of those then you need to get into the spirit of the religion. the prose and style of writing are gripping and educational at the same time. Theres a lovely Arabian nights quality to things and there is some seriosu discourse about what happens here.
The priblem is that this does not touch on the real roots of the schism being that Muawiya only became a Muslim after Mecca was conquered and was later put in charge of Syria by Omar bin Khattab. Here he built the bedrock of a typical Arab dynasty of the time that veered sharply from the ideology of men like Abu Bakr, Umar bin Khattab and Ali but more like that of a marauding conqueror.
Muwaiya later rejects the Prophet's son in law, Ali when he is elected leader of the Muslims. The prophets family is resultantly slaughtered in the after math of this and thus and Muslims are forever divided.
A must read if you want to understand the difference between the heart of Islam and the savagery that goes on these days. Others may complain about the downplaying of concubinesd but hey, I haven't seen too much banging on about concubines in Western history in the 7th century and they were certainly around..