The Enigma of Salafism
This presentation aims to outline Salafism's fragmentation as a movement. It describes a complex intellectual-cum-political history of Salafism, examining its trifold genealogies in premodern or early modern thinking. It then proceeds to discusses the religio-political syntheses emerging in the twentieth-century Muslim world in response to the colonial experience, and finally examines a cartography of contemporary Salafi currents. Overall, the presentation seeks to show how developments in Salafism may lead to both fragmentation, fluidities, and hybridities.
Light lunch will be provided.