In this richly layered and engrossing account, John McHugo
reveals how the great divide in Islam occurred. Charting the
story of Islam from the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad
to the present day, he describes the conflicts that raged over
the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi‘ism
evolved as different sects during the Abbasid caliphate, and
how the rivalry between the empires of the Sunni Ottomans
and Shi‘i Safavids contrived to ensure that the split would
continue into modern times. Now its full, destructive force
has been brought out by the struggle between Saudi Arabia
and Iran for the soul of the Muslim world.
Definitive and insightful, A Concise History of Sunnis and
Shi‘is is an essential guide to understanding the genesis,
development and manipulation of the greatest schism that
has come to define Islam and the Muslim world.