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Global SalafismIslam's New Religious Movement$
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Roel Meijer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199333431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199333431.001.0001

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Between Revolution and Apoliticism

Between Revolution and Apoliticism

Nasir al-Din al-Albani and his Impact on the Shaping of Contemporary Salafism

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Global Salafism

Stéphane Lacroix

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with one of the founders of modern Salafism, Nasir al-Din al-Albani (died 1999). It is partly a biography of al-Albani and it traces his life from Albania to Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. It shows how his doctrine, while quietist, was at the same time radical and revolutionary and influenced both apolitical Salafis, who remained far from politics, as well as radicals, such as Juhayman al-Utaybi, who occupied the Central Mosque in Mecca in 1979. As such, the chapter deals with one of the most central aspects of Salafism.

Keywords:   al-Albani, Saudi Arabia, politics, quietist, Juhayman al-Utaybi

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