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New Published: The Prophet’s Heir: The Life of Ali ibn Abi Talib

Ali ibn Abi Talib is arguably the single most important spiritual and intellectual authority in Islam after Prophet Mohammad. Through his teachings and leadership as fourth caliph, Ali nourished Islam. But Muslims are divided on whether he was supposed to be Mohammad’s political successor—and he continues to be a polarizing figure in Islamic history.

Hassan Abbas provides a nuanced, compelling portrait of this towering yet divisive figure and the origins of sectarian division within Islam. Abbas reveals how, after Mohammad, Ali assumed the spiritual mantle of Islam to spearhead the movement that the prophet had led. While Ali’s teachings about wisdom, justice, and selflessness continue to be cherished by both Shia and Sunni Muslims, his pluralist ideas have been buried under sectarian agendas and power politics. Today, Abbas argues, Ali’s legacy and message stands against that of ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Taliban.

About the Author

Hassan Abbas, Senior Adviser at the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs and Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA), provides a nuanced, compelling portrait of Ali ibn Abi Talib and the origins of sectarian division within Islam. Abbas reveals how, after Mohammad, Ali assumed the spiritual mantle of Islam to spearhead the movement that the Prophet had led. While Ali’s teachings about wisdom, justice, and selflessness continue to be cherished by both Shia and Sunni Muslims, his pluralist ideas have been buried under sectarian agendas and power politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The early and struggling years of Islam

The Raise of Ali

The Prophet’s Farewell and Delegating Spritual Gardianship

The succession Politics and Imperial Islam

Ali as the Fourth Caliph of Islam

The Legacy of Ali

Conclusion: Ali and the Future of Islam

Bibliographic Information

Title: The Prophet’s Heir: The Life of Ali ibn Abi Talib

Author(s): Hassan Abbas

Publisher: Yale University Press

 Language: English

Length: 256 pages

ISBN: 978-0300229455

Pub. Date: March 16, 2021

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