0330 – Radical Islamists Turn to Far EnemiesBernard Haykel – Radical Salafism: Osama’s IdeologyTwo principles strongly identified with the Sunnis in order to maintain social order and to avoid warfare amongst Muslims which might lead to the demise of Islam itself1) They are loath to declare fellow Muslims infidels2) They prohibit war against Muslim rulers, however tyrannical these may be, so long as Islam remains the religion of state and Islamic law is enforced. Salafism’s hallmark is a call to modern Muslims to revert to the pure Islam of the Prophet Muhammad’s generation and the two generations that followed his. The adherents of Salafism seek to transform completely the Muslim community and to ensure that Islam, as a system of belief and governance, should eventually dominate the globe.
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