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The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century

Henri Lauzière


Some Islamic scholars hold that Salafism is an innovative and rationalist effort at Islamic reform that emerged in the late nineteenth century but gradually disappeared in the mid twentieth. Others argue Salafism is an anti-innovative and antirationalist movement of Islamic purism that dates back to the medieval period yet persists today. Though they contradict each other, both narratives are considered authoritative, making it hard for outsiders to grasp the history of the ideology and its core beliefs. Introducing a third, empirically based genealogy, The Making of Salafism understands the c ... More

Keywords: Salafism, Wahhabism, Transnational Islam, Islamic modernism, Decolonization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231175500
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175500.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henri Lauzière, author
Northwestern University