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The event has been moved to 19th Jan.
We have just past Muharram and I thought may be we should do a relevant book to its events. This of course is a more controversial and delicate topic and needs to be discussed with care. We had read a book earlier by Lezley Hazelton but it was a bad recommendation and I was quite disappointed with that book and the writer. On the other hand, I had a chance to vet this book myself and I think it presents facts from both sides and has not tried to tell a one-sided story or "spice-up". Also, the writer maintains due respect for all the people part of the history and has only tried to tell the story rather than pass any judgments.
The Heirs Of The Prophet Muhammad: And the Roots of the Sunni-Shia Schism -- Barnaby Rogerson
The Prophet Muhammad taught the word of God to the Arabs. Within a generation of his death, his followers - as vivid a cast of heroic individuals as history has known - had exploded out of Arabia to confront the two great superpowers of the seventh-century and establish Islam and a new civilization. That the protagonists originated from the small oasis communities of central Arabia gives their adventures, their rivalries, their loves and their achievements an additional vivacity and intimacy. So that on one hand, THE HEIRS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD is a swaggering saga of ambition, immense achievement, self-sacrificing nobility and blood rivalry, while on the other it allows us to understand some of the complexities of our modern world. For within this fifty-year span of conquest and empire-building, Barnaby Rogerson also identifies the seeds of discord that destroyed the unity of Islam, and traces the roots of the schism between Sunni and Shia Muslims to the rivalry of the two individuals who best knew and loved the Prophet: his cousin and son-in-law Ali and his wife Aisha.
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The meeting place is the basement of Costa Coffee which is in the middle of Edgware road at the intersection of George Street, opposite Beirut Express. Closest station is Marble Arch but it is equally accessible from Edgware Road and Paddington stations.
Book Club Rules
* Reading the book is required, even if you read a single chapter.
* Discussion is centered around the book and its theme.
* No show is not appreciated. Please sign up if you are interested in reading and discussing books. In case you cannot make it anymore to the meeting, do let us know in time. Thanks