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Practices of Piety: An Alternative Approach to the Study of Islamic Movements

Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706, USA
Religions 2020, 11(10), 520; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100520
Received: 29 July 2020 / Revised: 31 August 2020 / Accepted: 13 September 2020 / Published: 12 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Political Islam in World Politics)
This article challenges the dominant organization-centered focus of the study of Islamic movements, and argues for a turn towards social practice. To do so, it traces the rise and spread of Egypt’s leading Salafi movement, Ansar al-Sunna al-Muhammadiyya (e. 1926) and its role in popularizing a series of distinct practices between 1940 and 1990. Based on the full run of this movement’s magazine, al-Hadi al-Nabawi (the Prophetic Guide, 1936–66) and al-Tawhid (Monolatry, 1973–93), the article explores the conditions in which practices such as praying in shoes and bareheaded, gender segregation and the cultivation of a fist-length beard were both politically viable and strategically advantageous. In doing so, it not only casts light on the trajectory of this movement, but also shows how and why the articulation and performance of distinct social practices are central to how Islamic movements shape society. View Full-Text
Keywords: Salafism; Islamic movements; piety; Egypt Salafism; Islamic movements; piety; Egypt
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Rock-Singer, A. Practices of Piety: An Alternative Approach to the Study of Islamic Movements. Religions 2020, 11, 520. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11100520

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