Quietist Salafism in France

An Example of Militant Apoliticism?

In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
Mohamed-Ali Adraoui Visiting Senior Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Middle East Institute 29 Heng Mui Terrace, Blk B #06-06, Singapore 119620 (65) 6516 2347 (65) 6774 0458

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How do purist Salafist communities frame the issue of politics? Unlike Islamists and Jihadists who are known to display a reluctance towards political engagement, purist Salafists—especially those who live within a non-Muslim-majority country such as France—highlight that Islam has little to do with classical political activism. Consequently, a major issue that needs to be examined is how purist Salafists reconcile their desires to shape the society, through a process of public involvement that stops short of institutional engagement. The key question that is addressed in this piece is: to what extent is the notion of militant apoliticism relevant to describe this specific methods of public engagement?

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