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Half of my Heart: The Narratives of Zaynab, Daughter of Ali

As Abû ʿAbd Allâh al-Ḥusayn, son of ʿAlî and Fâṭima and grandson of Muḥammad, moved inexorably towards death on the field of Karbalâʾ, his sister Zaynab was drawn ever closer to the centre of the family of Muḥammad, the ‘people of the house’ (ahl al-bayt).

There she would remain for a few historic days, challenging the wickedness of the Islamic leadership, defending the actions of her brother, initiating the commemorative rituals, protecting and nurturing the new Imâm, al-Ḥusayn’s son ʿAlî b. al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlî b. Abî Ṭâlib, until he could take his rightful place. This is her story.

About the Author

Christopher Clohessy is a South African Catholic priest who holds a BST from the Pontifical Urbanianum University in Rome, and a PhD from the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI), also in Rome. He is at present a resident faculty member of PISAI, lecturing there in Shīʿī Islamic studies, Qurʾān and Islamic Ethics, and is visiting lecturer at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, where he lectures in Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology and Mariology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (vii)
Preface (ix)
System of Transliteration (x)
Primary Arabic Shîʿî and Sunnî Sources (xi)
List of Abbreviations (xix)
Introduction (1)
Before Karbalâʾ (26)
In the course of the battle (26)
After Karbalâʾ (27)
Chapter One. In the House of Prophecy (37)
Chapter Two. The Pre-Karbalâʾ Narratives (103)
1. A Night at al-Ḫuzaymiyya (105)
2. Rumours of War (109)
3. The Dirge (113)
Chapter Three. On the Field of Karbalâʾ (131)
1. The Rising Sun (133)
2. A Boy (137)
3. A Challenge (143)
4. To Kûfa (145)
Chapter Four. In the Halls of the Kings (159)
1. The First Protest (159)
2. ʿUbayd Allâh b. Ziyâd (172)
3. Yazîd b. Muʿâwiya (189)
4. The Second Protest (208)
Three Addenda (221)
1. The children of Zaynab (221)
2. The children of al-Ḥusayn (230)
3. The consolation of Zaynab (239)
Afterword (247)
Bibliography (269)
1. Books (269)
2. Articles (271)
Index (277)

Bibliographic Information

Title: Half of my Heart: The Narratives of Zaynab, Daughter of Ali

Author: Christopher Paul Clohessy

Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC

 Language: English

Length: 309 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4632-3937-4

Pub. Date:   Dec 7,2018

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