The future of Salafism in contemporary Islamic political thought


  • أ.م.د. نوره كطاف هيدان Iraqi University/College of Law and Political Science Author



Salafism, Political work, Arab Spring


The rise of the Salafists in the political scene imposed great questions, not only on the path of intellectual transformations within the movement, but also on the level of the new political scene and the relationship between the different Islamic players, including the Brotherhood, the center and the Salafis, and the relationship with other political currents such as secularism, which raised the rise of the Salafists and their involvement in the political scene of great concern. It has, as the Salafis found themselves facing a new reality that is completely different from the previous stage. They have a real crossroads ahead of them. Either they maintain their previous aversion to politics and accept to be on the sidelines of new historical transformations, or they turn against their previous position on political action, reconsider their proposals and try to reconcile the changes. The new and pre-revolutionary ideology, as the Salafis of Egypt did, to be the inspiration that the partisan and parliamentary Salafi experience can leave on their Salafist brothers in other parts of the Arab world, whether revolutions such as Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen have taken place, or not such as Jordan, Morocco and the Gulf.


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