A Purist Jihadi-Salafi: The Ideology of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

In the past I have written about Abu Muhammad al-Maqddisi here before. My colleague Joas Wagemakers is writing a PhD thesis about him and his work. Recently he has published a very interesting article about the three major themes in his work: al-wala’ wa-l-bara’, kufr and jihad:

Abstract
This article deals with the prominent contemporary Jihadi-Salafi ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi. In what follows, three major tenets of his ideology (al-walamacr? wa-l-baramacr?, kufr and jihad) are discussed. These concepts show that al-Maqdisi more or less transcends the boundaries of Quintan Wiktorowicz’s division of Salafis into purists, politicos and jihadis. I contend that al-Maqdisi is relatively close to purist Salafism and can thus be seen as a ‘purist Jihadi-Salafi’. This implies that his ideas may resonate more easily with purists than the rhetoric of the likes of Osama bin Laden. At the same time, jihadis may take him more seriously because of his religious authority based on his close adherence to the purist creed. Although this article does not focus on explaining al-Maqdisi’s popularity, it seems obvious that his specific combination of purist and jihadi Salafism may account for at least some of his standing among Salafis.

A Purist Jihadi-Salafi: The Ideology of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi – British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Author: Joas Wagemakers –
DOI: 10.1080/13530190903007327
Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year
Published in: journal British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Volume 36, Issue 2 August 2009 , pages 281 – 297

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