The Caliph and the Imam: The Making of Sunnism and Shiism


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Oxford University Press, USA
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6.56 X 9.27 X 2.15 inches | 3.44 pounds

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About the Author

Toby Matthiesen, Senior Lecturer in Global Religious Studies, University of Bristol. Toby Matthiesen is Senior Lecturer in Global Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of several award-winning books and has previously held fellowships at the Universities of Oxford, Ca' Foscari of Venice, Stanford, Cambridge, and the LSE.


"clearly written, nuanced and meticulously documented" -- Malise Ruthven, Literary Review

"Matthiesen's masterful survey of Sunni-Shiite relations in history is firmly grounded in the primary sources and ranges more widely geographically than is common in other works on the subject, including South Asia. The author avoids the glib truisms that have come to dominate discussion of this subject, while giving us thought-provoking, contextual insights into one of the key flash points within Islamic civilization." -- Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History and Director, Program in Arab and Muslim American Studies, University of Michigan

"Ambitious in its historical as well as geographical scope, this is the first truly global account of the intimate and sometimes also violent relationship of Sunni and Shia in the making and remaking of Islam." -- Faisal Devji, Professor of Indian History, University of Oxford

"A remarkable book combining extensive first-hand experience across the Muslim world with profound scholarship to challenge all the preconceptions in the West about Sunnism and Shiism today." -- Professor Eugene Rogan, Professor of modern Middle Eastern History, Oxford University, and author of The Arabs: A History