Watch the recorded webinar broadcasted on Saturday (March 20, 2021) for an engaging discussion on the life of Ali ibn Abi Talib ra and how he can be a unifying source for Shias and Sunnis.
Author: Dr. Hassan Abbas
Dr. Hassan Abbas is a distinguished Professor of International Relations at the National Defense University in Washington DC. He also serves as a senior advisor at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Moderator: Dr. Aslam Abdullah
Dr. Aslam Abdullah is a Resident Scholar at IslamiCity. Dr. Abdullah received a Doctorate in Communications from the University Of London, England, in 1987.
About the Book:
The Prophet’s Heir: The Life of Ali ibn Abi Talib By Hassan Abbas (Yale University Press, March 2021)
This modern biography tells the story of Ali ibn Abi Talib (599–661), a fascinating yet mystifying tale of an extraordinary man. Ali’s life is inextricably linked with the history and politics of Islam. It is as relevant to Islam’s rise and growth as it is to the contemporary trials and tribulations faced by its adherents.
Hassan Abbas provides a nuanced, compelling portrait of this towering 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.