Facts About The
Salafiyya / Wahabiyya

by OmarKN
A Collection Of Articles Which Describe This Movement
From A Non-Partisan, Scientific Standpoint:

•   Al-Albani's Revolutionary Approach to Hadith (pdf), S. Lacroix
“Common knowledge considers Shaykh Nasir al-Din al-Albani to be a staunch proponent of Wahhabism, [which] is undoubtedly true in terms of ʿaqidah (creed), yet al-Albani strongly disagrees with the Wahhabis - ... when it comes to fiqh (law).
There, al-Albani points to a fundamental contradiction within the Wahhabi tradition: the latter's proponents have advocated exclusive reliance on the Quran, the Sunna, and the consensus of al-Salaf al-Salih (the pious ancestors), yet they have almost exclusively relied on Hanbali jurisprudence for their fatwas - acting therefore as proponents of a particular school of jurisprudence, namely Hanbalism. ... ”

• xL =broken link 2020-10-03: http://hegghammer.com/_files/Hegghammer-Lacroix_-_Rejectionist_Islamism_in_Saudi_Arabia.pdf; The Story of Juhayman al-ʿUtaybi Revisited, (pdf), Thomas Hegghammer and Stephane Lacroix
“The storming of the Mecca mosque by Juhayman al-ʿUtaybi and his fellow rebels in November 1979 represents one of the most spectacular events in the modern history of Saudi Arabia. Yet it is one of the least understood. Even decades after the event, many important questions remain unanswered. Who were the rebels and what did they want? Why and how did Juhayman's group come into existence? What happened with the rebels and their ideas after the Mecca events?”

•   Contesting the Saudi State: Islamic Voices from a New Generation (pdf), Madawi Al-Rasheed
“Wahhabiyya ... is distinguished from other Sunni Muslim religious discourses by its own specific interpretations and interpreters. It is simply a religious worldview that can promote both consent and contestation, depending on the context, ... [this article] tries to bridge the gap between text and context. Politically, Wahhabiyya can be both quietist and revolutionary, as will be shown here. ... ”

also: Wahabi Related Texts by Sh. Gibril F Haddad

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latest update: 2015-12-13


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