Journal of Politics

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Cagri Kosak, Ph.D. Candidate, Islam-oriented Research Paper

The Origins of Salafism in Islam


This article tries to understand the occurrence conditions of Salafism to partially reveal a framework for the Salafi mentality. To do this, comprehension of Salafi’s mind is a requirement and fulfilling this requirement is only possible by re-visiting the dilemma between its means of rules and traditions. This article analyzes the extent and the motivation sources of the Salafist stance against traditions, innovations, and other denominations of Islam. In this analysis, this article asks in a historical context the extent to which Salafism stands against the other sects of Islam. Therefore, attitudes and interpretations of the founding fathers of Salafism against similar issues to traditions and innovations are the origins of this analysis because of the impossibility of recognition of the Salafi mentality without seeking the roots of the faith (aqida) of Salafism.


Kosak, C. (2021). The Origins of Salafism in Islam, Journal of Islamic Politics, 1(1), 73-82.

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