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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. Even as Muhammad lay dying, the battle over who would take control of the new Islamic nation had begun, beginning a succession crisis marked by power grabs, assassination, political intrigue, and passionate faith. Soon Islam was embroiled in civil war, pitting its founder's controversial wife Aisha against his son-in-law Ali, and shattering Muhammad's ideal of unity. Combining meticulous research with compelling storytelling, After the Prophet explores the volatile intersection of religion and politics, psychology and culture, and history and current events.

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Lesley Hazleton

1. My new book 'Jezebel: the untold story of the bible's harlot queen' is just out (Doubleday) . Yes, she was framed. No, she was no harlot. Yes, she was magnificent. 2. Won't bore you with the whole bio -- it's in the 'About the Author' page on . For now: British-born, lived for a long time in the Middle East, now live in the very Pacific Northwest. 3. Favorite drink is grappa. Natural habitat is high desert (which must have something to do with my living on a houseboat/floating home at sea level. ..) Am gnostic agnostic (and yes, will write a long piece/short book explaining that one day) .

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