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Literary Event, Tue 21 Nov 2017


Richmond Literature Festival

020 8831 6494


Quadrant Road,


Join Middle East historian John McHugo as he discusses A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi’is - a richly layered and engrossing account of how the great divide in Islam occurred.

Charting 1400 years of Muslim history, he describes the conflicts that raged over the succession to the Prophet, how Sunnism and Shi‘ism evolved as different sects, and how the rivalry between empires contrived to ensure that the split would continue into modern times. Now its full, destructive force has been brought out by the struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for the soul of the Muslim world.

After studying Arabic and Islamic studies at Oxford University and the American University in Cairo, John McHugo’s career as an international lawyer took him to a number of Arab countries over a period of more than twenty five years.

He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies at St Andrews, a board member of the Council for Arab-British Understanding and the British Egyptian Society and author of other publications including the critically acclaimed A Concise History of the Arabs and Syria: A Recent History.

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 21 Nov 2017 19:00


£8 / £6.50
Special £5.50 ticket price for Richmond Card holders



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