The Succession to Muhammad

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The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate
Author Wilferd Madelung
Country United States
Language English
Subject Succession to Muhammad
Genre Non-fiction
Published 1997, Cambridge University Press
Media type Print, e-book
Pages 432 pages
ISBN 0521646960

The Succession to Muhammad is a book by Wilferd Madelung published by the Cambridge University Press in 1997.[1] Madelung investigates the events after the death of Muhammad, where there was a battle to see who would control the Muslim community. This struggle resulted in the split between Sunnite and Shi'ite Islam, which is still present even today.

Reception[edit]

The The Journal of the American Oriental Society wrote a mostly positive review for the work, commenting that although Madelung did take an "optimistic view of the sources" and "Crone's and Hinds' ideas about the nature of caliphal authority are dismissed in one sentence", it still "offers a chance to see the Shi'ite case imaginatively made by a master scholar in complete control of the sources."[2] Iranian Studies also praised the work.[3] The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society was more mixed, writing that "The range and depth of his reading and knowledge are immensely impressive. And yet, the reader is left with doubts as to whether this can be the whole story."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes, Aaron W. (2013). Muslim Identities: An Introduction to Islam. Columbia University Press. pp. 116–117. ISBN 9780231531924. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Lewinstein, Keith (April–June 2001). "The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate (review)". The Journal of the American Oriental Society 121 (2): 326. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Newman, Andrew J. (Summer 1999). "The Succession to Muhammad (review)". Iranian Studies 32 (3): 403 – 404. doi:10.1080/00210869908701963. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Hugh (1998). "The Succession to Muhammad: A Study of the Early Caliphate by Wilferd Madelung (review)". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 8 (1): 88–89. Retrieved 30 November 2014.