Special Issue "Salafism in the West"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Adis Duderija

School of Humanities, Griffith University
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Interests: Salafism in the West; Islam and gender; western Muslims’ identity construction; progressive Islam; Islam and gender

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Salafism both as a concept and lived reality continues to draw attention among scholars from various academic disciplines. Most of the studies on Salafism have a focus on a Muslim majority context although there are studies that explore Salafism in a Muslim minority contexts too, including that in the West. This special issue aims to bring together scholarship on any aspect of Salafism in the West from a variety of disciplinary approaches including religious studies, theology, political science and sociology of religion. Contributions on a wide range of themes will be considered. Possible themes/topics include but are not restricted to the following:

  • transnational links of Salafi groups in the West;
  • intra-Salafi diversity and fragmentation in the West;
  • (online) debates between Salafis and Sufis in the West;
  • Salafi group responses to the Islamic State and its ideology;
  • post-Salafi trajectories of ex-Salafi Muslims;
  • constructions of masculinity and femininity in Salafi literature in the West;
  • (online) debates between Salafi and Shi’i Muslims in the West;
  • indepth examinations of leading Salafi scholars and/or activists in the West;
  • Salafism in particular western nation-state contexts;
  • approaches to citizenship and political participation among Salafi groups in the West;
  • Salafi vs. mainstream Sunni apologetics/debates in the West;
  • Online engagement/presence of Salafi groups in the West.

The special issue aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the current state of the academic study of Salafism in the West.

Dr. Adis Duderija
Guest Editor

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  • Salafism in the West
  • Islamic puritanism
  • Salafism and Jihadism
  • Salafism and transnational Islam
  • Salafism and gender
  • Salafism and Sufism
  • Salafism and citizenship
  • Salafism and Shi’ism
  • Salafism online

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Open AccessArticle Interpretations of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ in Everyday Lives of Salafis in Germany
Religions 2019, 10(2), 124; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020124
Received: 16 January 2019 / Revised: 15 February 2019 / Accepted: 18 February 2019 / Published: 20 February 2019
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Salafis’ everyday lives, social relations, and attitudes towards both Muslims and non-Muslims are often shaped implicitly or explicitly by the theological concept of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ (“loyalty and disavowal”). It indicates whom to be loyal to on the one hand, and whom to disavow [...] Read more.
Salafis’ everyday lives, social relations, and attitudes towards both Muslims and non-Muslims are often shaped implicitly or explicitly by the theological concept of al-wala’ wa-l-bara’ (“loyalty and disavowal”). It indicates whom to be loyal to on the one hand, and whom to disavow on the other hand—or from which persons, deeds, and practices one should distance oneself. However, within the highly heterogeneous spectrum of Salafi orientations, beliefs, and religious practices, interpretations of al-wala’ and al-bara’ differ as well as its actual relevance and its implications for concrete life situations. This article explores how Muslims in Germany who identify themselves with non-violent, so-called ‘purist Salafism’ perceive and practice social relations, social closeness, or separation in their everyday lives by drawing implicitly or explicitly on principles of loyalty and disavowal. Based on qualitative interviews and participant observations (data gathered between 2014 and 2018), we shed light on how individuals’ ideas of loyalty and disavowal intersect with issues of identity, belonging, inclusion, and exclusion. The article thus shows how local interpretations and implementations of a Salafi core concept are strongly interwoven with realities of everyday life. Full article
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