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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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On the Nature of Salafi thought and Action1

On the Nature of Salafi thought and Action1

1 On the Nature of Salafi thought and Action1
Global Salafism

Bernard Haykel

Oxford University Press

This chapter gives a detailed background of the doctrine of Salafism since its origins. It explains the meaning of the term tawhid and the central place it has in the doctrine of Salafism. It explains the central position of sharia law and other terms that are essential in Salafism, such as aqida (creed), manhaj (program), ijtihad (individual interpretation) and shirk (giving associates to God). The chapter ends with an analysis of al-Qaeda’s creed.

Keywords:   tawhid, sharia, aqida, manhaj, ijtihad, shirk

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