'Uthman ibn 'Affan

Pages: 176
Subject: Religion: Islam, Middle East, History
Series: Makers of the Muslim World
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

'Uthman ibn 'Affan

Legend or Liability?

Heather N. Keaney

The life and legacy of the controversial caliph who consolidated the text of the Qur'an and expanded the borders of Islam
9781786076977 (18 Feb 2021)
RRP £25.00 / US$30.00

The Book

‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan (d. 656) was an early convert to Islam and the third successor to the Prophet Muhammad. As caliph he established the first Islamic navy, consolidated the text of the Qur'an, and expanded the Arab empire. His opponents, however, accused him of being corrupt and questioned his legitimacy.

After twelve years ‘Uthman's troubled caliphate ended in revolt. His death at the hands of rebels led to civil war and contributed to the eventual split between Sunni and Shi'i Islam. In this volume, Heather Keaney examines the life and legacy of the controversial caliph.

Additional Information

Subject Religion: Islam, Middle East, History
Series Makers of the Muslim World
Pages 176
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Heather Keaney is Associate Professor of History at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She teaches, researches and writes on various religio-political debates in the medieval and modern Middle East. She is the author of Medieval Islamic Historiography.


‘Keaney's book offers as balanced a view of ‘Uthman's life, character and policies as one could hope for… She skilfully traces how the controversies that first arose with ‘Uthman in the seventh century were spun out in later centuries by various Islamic thinkers, right up to the twenty-first century and the "Arab Spring.” Clearly and engagingly written throughout, it is an outstanding introduction to Islam's nagging sectarian divisions and political thought.'

- Fred M. Donner, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Near Eastern History, University of Chicago