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Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism
Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism
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I.B. Tauris

Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism

Sadek Hamid

Paperback

9781788310611

 

The terms 'Islamism', 'Salafism' and 'Jihadism' have acquired common currency in recent years, often being interchanged and applied to describe various forms of Muslim religiosity considered undesirable. But what do these terms mean? Why do Muslim religious conservatism and radicalisation appear to be on the rise in the UK? And what long-term impact could this have on British society? In this path-breaking study, Sadek Hamid explores the impact of three globally influential religious paradigms on the faith identity formation of British Muslims. The author traces the unwritten story of the evolution of Sufi, Salafi and Islamist activism in Britain, focusing on the legacies of the Young Muslims UK, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Salafi-oriented trends and the neo-Sufi 'Traditional Islam' network. Hamid explains how they participate in collective faith-based activism, develop solidarities with transnational political struggles and differentiate claims over religious authenticity, scholarly authority and group priorities. He also illustrates how these movements gained and lost support, related to foreign ideologies and developed models of British Muslim identity.

 

Contents

 

"Taking Islam to the People:” The Young Muslims UK

 

“Khalifah Coming soon:” The Rise and Fall of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain

 

“Returning to the Quran and Sunnah:” The Salafi Dawah

 

Sufism Fights back: The Emergence of the “Traditional Islam” Network

 

Discourses of Dawah: Understanding the Appeal of the Trends

 

Fragmentation and Adaptation: The Impact of Social Change

 

Contemporary British Islamic Activism

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