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Proselytizing Islam - Problematizing Salafism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
Number of Authors: 1
2014 (English)In: The Muslim world, ISSN 0027-4909, E-ISSN 1478-1913, Vol. 104, no 1-2, 171-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the contemporary European setting pertaining to Islamic interpretations, mainly so called Salafi Islam. The empirical material is based on publications by a Swedish group that conducts street da'wa, aiming to proselytize among non-Muslims. The ideology, as presented in official publications to be used for da'wa, is described and analyzed as part of a larger da'wa-movement with Salafi-inclinations in Europe. The group is not unique, but rather one example of many in Europe, at least concerning the activism advocated. The presentation of the group serves to reflect upon global influences and similarities among contemporary Islamic da'wa activism, as well as effects that the national context has on the choice of predominant themes addressed by the group as well as interpretative strategies used. The overarching aim with the article is to problematize the common usage of the concept Salafi among scholars of religion to describe and characterize contemporary Islamic groups of various kinds. The conclusion calls for a more nuanced approach concerning conceptualizations and the use of typologies in studying contemporary Islamic groups in a minority setting.

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2014. Vol. 104, no 1-2, 171-197 p.
Keyword [en]
Salafism, da'wa, minority Muslims
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History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106770DOI: 10.1111/muwo.12046ISI: 000339011900007OAI: diva2:738766


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