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Indeed, it is almost impossible to find analyses on “Islamic extremism” today that do not inelegantly cite “Wahhabi-Salafism” as the real threat to world peace—occasionally to justify ongoing wars in Muslim-majority countries. Yet, very few seem placed to properly define Salafism and Wahhabism, or explain their origins and evolution. Popular analyses of Salafism and Wahhabism are exceedingly simplistic, dehumanizing, and even conspiratorial in nature. Often, they build on the idea these movements exist and spread simply because of Saudi Arabia’s “oil money.” Even those who allegedly champion Muslim rights and oppose the “War on Terror” heedlessly indulge these narratives, and insist these so-called deranged and cancerous movements be combatted.

To confront these tropes and provide a more nuanced analysis of Salafism and Wahhabism, Muftah has put together this collection of six articles from Muslim scholars, students, and activists. The pieces in this collection variously contextualize and define Salafism and Wahhabism, explain the appeal of these movements to Muslims, debate their reformist features, explore why they have been blamed for the problem of extremism, identify the place they have assumed in the “War on Terror,” and address their relationship to intellectual figures like Ibn Taymiyyah and Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, among others.

full: https://muftah.org/special-collection-salafism-wahhabism-and-the-war-on-terror/
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