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  1. Salafism, Salafi movement(noun)

    a militant group of extremist Sunnis who believe themselves the only correct interpreters of the Koran and consider moderate Muslims to be infidels; seek to convert all Muslims and to insure that its own fundamentalist version of Islam will dominate the world

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  1. Salafi movement

    The Salafi methodology, also known as the Salafist movement, is a movement among Sunni Muslims named by its proponents in reference to the Salaf, the earliest Muslims considered to be examples of Islamic practice. The movement is often described as related to, including, or synonymous with Wahhabism, but this is disputed. Many Salafists consider the term Wahhabi derogatory, and object to being called that. At other times, Salafism is deemed as the hybridation between Wahhabism and other movements which has taken place since the 1960s. Salafism has become associated with literalist, strict and puritanical approaches to Islam and, in the West, with the Salafi Jihadis who espouse violent jihad against civilians as a legitimate expression of Islam. However, leading Salafi scholars have condemned attacks on civilians, and salafi who support such attacks remain a minority. Academics and historians use the term to denote "a school of thought which surfaced in the second half of the 19th century as a reaction to the spread of European ideas," and "sought to expose the roots of modernity within Muslim civilization." However, contemporary Salafis follow "literal, traditional ... injunctions of the sacred texts", looking to Ibn Taymiyyah, rather than the "somewhat freewheeling interpretation" of 19th century figures Muhammad Abduh, Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, and Rashid Rida.

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