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The Traditionalist Salafis’ Perspective and Discourse on Militant Jihād

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Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
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Centre for Languages Culture and Communication, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
Humanities 2019, 8(2), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020109
Received: 29 March 2019 / Revised: 20 May 2019 / Accepted: 23 May 2019 / Published: 30 May 2019
This paper argues that the jihādi ideology draws upon the authentic and normative traditionalist salafi epistemology, which provides a moral and theological justification for militant jihād. In the current climate of political unrest and conflicts in the Middle East, maintaining a nexus between jihād and authentic Islam is crucial for traditionalist salafism in pursuit of authority, relevance and political interests. Through the misappropriation of the Meccan-Medinan trajectory and the concepts of nasẖ (abrogation) and ʾijmāʿ (consensus), the input of salafi scholars and preachers revitalizes the discourse around militant jihād as a legitimate vehicle for change and consequently propels jihādi ideology forward. View Full-Text
Keywords: salafism; jihād; consensus; ijtihād; abrogation salafism; jihād; consensus; ijtihād; abrogation
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Ali, M.H. The Traditionalist Salafis’ Perspective and Discourse on Militant Jihād. Humanities 2019, 8, 109.

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