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January Book Club -- The Heirs of The Prophet Muhammad

This is a cross-post. Please do not RSVP twice.

The event has been moved to 19th Jan.

Salaam All, 

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.

Buy the book from

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Heirs-Prophet-Muhammad-Sunni-Shia/dp/0349117578/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

When buying the book do use other options like New or Used books from other marketplace sellers on Amazon. You can sometimes find books cheaper there. You could also look for the book in your local library as well.

Venue

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

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  • Zahid

    Salam to all. It was my first time and I really enjoyed. It's always like a pleasant change to meet like-minded forward looking people. Stay safe and in best state of imaan. Zahid

    January 19, 2014

  • Raza

    Good discussions as always. Thanks everyone for attending.

    January 19, 2014

  • Raza

    Quick reminder to everyone. If you are on the attending list and you cannot make it anymore, please change your RSVP to let us know. If you are on the waiting list and you would like to attend, there are spaces available, let me know and I will add you to the attendees.

    January 12, 2014

  • Raza

    Four spaces have opened up on the attending list. Those on the waiting list and would like to attend the book club meeting can let me know and I'll assign them these spaces.

    January 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would be highly interested to attend this event

    December 17, 2013

  • Muhammad Ali R.

    I can't see the book online anywhere. Amazon shows q different book. I am not sure what does this book say basically. Can somebody just briefly explain please? Thanks

    December 6, 2013

    • Raza

      Rizwan, Just search amazon for the book by its name. There is also a link on this page.

      December 6, 2013

  • Malik

    Would of loved to attend as very interesting subject and book. Hopefully will be able to catch the next one.

    November 28, 2013

    • Raza

      Malik, if you are interested what you can do is buy the book and start reading and put yourself on the waitlist. There are a number of last minute dropouts and you are quite likely to get a chance.

      November 28, 2013

    • Malik

      Thanks will do. I ordered it couple of days ago!

      November 28, 2013

  • Farhan

    19th works for me

    November 27, 2013

  • Nina

    Hi the 19th January sounds like a better date and I wouldn't mind if it was changed. Thanks

    November 27, 2013

  • Nina

    Hi

    November 27, 2013

  • Nina

    Hi

    November 27, 2013

  • Shabana J.

    The 19th is it?

    November 26, 2013

    • Raza

      Shabana, I haven't changed the date yet but I am waiting to see if it works for most people then I'll move it.

      November 26, 2013

  • Raza

    Thanks Z A Akbar. Do people have any objection if I move it to 19th? It seems some of the members are still on their vacations on 5th.

    November 26, 2013

  • Zahid

    amazing book. read it a couple of years ago. Thanks for providing a second opportunity to read it. c u on 5th!

    November 26, 2013

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