This month Dave is recommending After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton.

"With the 2006 al-Askari mosque bombing as the focus of her narrative, Hazleton dives into the story of infighting among Muhammad’s family and followers in the hours, days, weeks, and years after his death. The reader sees the political struggle to succeed the Prophet slowly unfold into war and eventually into the schism between the two main sects of Islam. While hardly a complete examination, the book provides insights into the roots of the conflict that continues today."

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