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Unveiling the Innovators—A Glimpse on Sufi-Salafi Polemics

Department on Islamism and Foreign-Related Extremism, Federal State Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Senator for the Interior of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, 28203 Bremen, Germany
Religions 2020, 11(3), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11030144
Received: 10 January 2020 / Revised: 3 March 2020 / Accepted: 4 March 2020 / Published: 20 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Salafism in the West)
In western public discourse, as well as in parts of academia, Sufism and Salafism are sometimes portrayed as arch enemies in Islam. However, so far, very few studies have analyzed in detail the polemics between Sufis and Salafis in a western setting. This article tries to fill this gap by providing a snapshot of the critique of Salafism by the Sufi Nāẓimiyya order, as well as the response from the British Salafi spectrum. It will argue that although both protagonists would perceive themselves in the same way as outlined above, in fact both groups are influenced by each other with regard to the benchmark of what constitutes “authentic Islam”, as well as the ways in which arguments are portrayed as legitimately grounded in Islamic thought. These insights may help in better understanding the complexities of contemporary intra-Muslim debates and representations. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sufism; Sufism in the West; Salafism; Salafism in the West; Islam in Europe; Islam in the US; intra-Muslim discourse; contemporary Islam Sufism; Sufism in the West; Salafism; Salafism in the West; Islam in Europe; Islam in the US; intra-Muslim discourse; contemporary Islam
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Fouad, H. Unveiling the Innovators—A Glimpse on Sufi-Salafi Polemics. Religions 2020, 11, 144.

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