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Constructing the Religious Self and the Other: Neo-Traditional Salafi Manhaj
Islam and Christian Muslim Relations (2010)
Abstract

The discussion on how a contemporary Islamic school of thought, here referred to as neo-traditional Salafism (NTS) constructs the religious Self and the religious Other on the basis of their approach to the interpretation (manhaj) of relevant Qur'an–Sunna textual indicants forms the subject matter of this article. In the first section, NTS thought and its main proponents are defined in relation to how they conceptualize, engage with and interpret the Islamic tradition (turāth). In the second section, NTS is situated in relation to the broader madhhab-based Islamic tradition. In the following part, the delineating features of the NTS manhaj are briefly summarized. The fourth section presents a discussion on some general trends and the context behind the unfolding of Muslim Self identity vis-à-vis the Other. The fifth and the sixth parts investigate how the application of the NTS manhaj to relevant Qur'an and hadith textual indicants results in their particular understanding of the religious Self and the religious Other. In the seventh part, the socio-political ramifications of NTS ‘theological boundaries’ are discussed.

Keywords
  • Islam,
  • religious exclusivism,
  • Salafism,
  • neo-traditional salafism,
  • ahl al-adīth,
  • Muslims,
  • manhaj,
  • Muslim–Christian relations,
  • Muslim–Jewish relations,
  • Qur'an,
  • Sunna
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
"Constructing the Religious Self and the Other: Neo-Traditional Salafi Manhaj" Islam and Christian Muslim Relations (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mallorca/51/