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By John McHugo

during this richly layered and engrossing account, John McHugo unearths how the nice divide in Islam happened. Charting the tale of Islam from the demise of the Prophet Muhammad to the current day, he describes the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi'ism advanced as diverse sects throughout the Abbasid caliphate, and the way the contention among the empires of the Sunni Ottomans and Shi'i Safavids contrived to make sure that the cut up might proceed into glossy occasions. Now its complete, damaging strength has been introduced out by means of the fight among Saudi Arabia and Iran for the soul of the Muslim global. Definitive and insightful, A Concise heritage of Sunnis and Shi'is is an important consultant to figuring out the genesis, improvement and manipulation of 1 of the best schisms that has come to outline Islam and the Muslim world.

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