Table of contents for The succession to Muhammad : a study of the early Caliphate / Wilferd Madelung.

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1. Abu Bakr: the successor of the Messenger of God and the caliphate of Quraysh
2. 'Umar: Commander of the Faithful, Islamic meritocracy, consultation and Arab empire
3. 'Uthman: the Viceregent of God and the reign of 'Abd Shams
4. 'Ali: the counter-caliphate of Hashim
Conclusion: Restoration of the community and despotic kingship.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Islamic Empire History 622-661