Is Salafism A Sect or a Thinking Style? An assessment on Salafi Thought's Secrets


Sancar F.

DINBILIMLERI AKADEMIK ARASTIRMA DERGISI-JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN RELIGIOUS SCIENCES, cilt.15, ss.21-49, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 15 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Dergi Adı: DINBILIMLERI AKADEMIK ARASTIRMA DERGISI-JOURNAL OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN RELIGIOUS SCIENCES
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.21-49

Özet

We aimed to identify basic dynamics of Salafi thought throughout history. Salafism is not a sect. Rather, it is a protectionist mindset and world view. It is a reactionary revolt against current religious acceptances in regions where sociocultural world of Islam destabilized. Moreover, its expansionist and interventionist approach does not fit the boundaries of a religious sect. As a technical term "Salafism" is probably considered as "Hanbelism". As a mindset "Salafism" exceeded the borders of "Hanbelism" and even succeeded to invade mental infrastructure of heirs of its archenemy "ehl-i rey school". This study aimed to investigate the grounds for Salafi thought as a mentality by deciphering the codes of its inner workings from classical to modern times and tried to demonstrate how well it penetrated the Sunni theological system.