By Henri Lauzière

ISBN-10: 0231540175

ISBN-13: 9780231540179

A few Islamic students carry that Salafism is an leading edge and rationalist attempt at Islamic reform that emerged within the past due 19th century yet progressively disappeared within the mid 20th. Others argue Salafism is an anti-innovative and antirationalist circulation of Islamic purism that dates again to the medieval interval but persists this day. notwithstanding they contradict one another, either narratives are thought of authoritative, making it demanding for outsiders to understand the background of the ideology and its middle beliefs.

Introducing a 3rd, empirically dependent family tree, The Making of Salafism is aware the concept that as a up to date phenomenon projected again onto the prior, and it sees its purist evolution as an immediate results of decolonization. Henri Lauzière builds his heritage at the transnational networks of Taqi al-Din al-Hilali (1894–1987), a Moroccan Salafi who, along with his affiliates, participated within the improvement of Salafism as either a time period and a flow. touring from Rabat to Mecca, from Calcutta to Berlin, al-Hilali interacted with high-profile Salafi students and activists who finally deserted Islamic modernism in want of a extra purist method of Islam. this day, Salafis are inclined to declare a monopoly on spiritual fact and freely confront different Muslims on theological and criminal concerns. Lauzière's pathbreaking heritage acknowledges the social forces at the back of this purist flip, uncovering the preferred origins of what has develop into a world phenomenon.

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When successfully claimed, it has almost no competitor; once opened, it is difficult to close; and, if it cannot be contained and focused at the appropriate moment, its power disperses. Jews and Christians had 48 7 Formation and Orientation (c. 500–634) 7 Riddah The riddah wars, or wars of apostasy, were a series of politicoreligious uprisings in various parts of Arabia in about 632 CE during the caliphate of Abu Bakr. In spite of the traditional resistance of the Bedouins to any restraining central authority, by 631 Muhammad was able to exact from the majority of their tribes at least nominal adherence to Islam, payment of the zakat, a tax levied on Muslims to support the poor, and acceptance of Medinan envoys.

Yet despite continuous internal dissension, virtually no Muslim raised the possibility of there being more than one legitimate leader. Furthermore, the impulse toward solidarity, inherited from Muhammad and Abu Bakr, may have actually been encouraged by persisting minority status. While Muslims were a minority, they naturally formed a conception of Islamic dominance as territorial rather than religious, and of unconverted non-Muslim communities as secondary members. In one important respect the Islamic faith differed from all other major religious traditions: the formative period of the faith coincided with its political domination of a rich complex of old cultures.

In the next two years one of his most significant legacies became apparent: the willingness and ability of his closest supporters to sustain the ideal and the reality 47 7 Islamic History 7 of one Muslim community under one leader, even in the face of significant opposition. When Muhammad died, two vital sources of his authority ended—ongoing revelation and his unique ability to exemplify his messages on a daily basis. A leader capable of keeping revelation alive might have had the best chance of inheriting his movement, but no Muslim claimed messengership, nor had Muhammad unequivocally designated any other type of successor.

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