Saturday, July 12, 2008

Diversity & Difference: The Salafi Movement


"Anatomy of the Salafi Movement," Quintan Wiktorowicz, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 29, No. 3 (April-May 2006): pgs. 207-239.
Abstract: The Salafi movement (often referred to as the Wahhabis) includes such diverse figures as Osama bin Laden and the Mufti of Saudi Arabia and reflects a broad array of positions regarding issues related to politics and violence. This article explains the sources of unity that connect violent extremists with nonviolent puritans. Although Salafis share a common religious creed, they differ over their assessment of contemporary problems and thus how this creed should be applied. Differences over contextual interpretation have produced three major Salafi factions: purists, politicos, and jihadis.

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