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The Power of Elective Affinities in Contemporary Salafism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)In: The Muslim World, ISSN 1478-1913, Vol. 106, no 3, 474-500 p., 10.1111/muwo.12159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the minds of the general public, Salafism is a radical reactionary movementcomprised of fundamentalists motivated by a nitpicking religious zeal. Bearing thisin mind, one cannot help but wonder why some young Muslims are attracted tothe supposed religio-anarchism and chaos that makes up its worldview. Despitethe current mass-production of analyses and descriptions, little serious attentionhas been given to the affinities that some  adolescent Muslims have for this kind of religious life. This article explores these affinities through a critical analysis of thediscursive nexus between a regimented religious lifestyle and utopian visions of “the perfect community.” It further suggests that this nexus represents one of thecentral motivational forces behind much of its adherents’ current activism. Thisinterconnection between the social agents’ desire for a specific lifestyle (manhaj )and their utopian visions of it is revealed in the elective affinities between thesetwo “forces.” The article offers a deeper insight into the motivational dynamics andSalafi subjectivities of this global movement’s emotional capital, one of itstrademarks.

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2016. Vol. 106, no 3, 474-500 p., 10.1111/muwo.12159
Keyword [en]
Salafism, Utopian visions, Elective affinities, Religious mobilization, Saved sect
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology of Religion; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337479DOI: 10.1111/muwo.12159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337479DiVA: diva2:1169745
Available from: 2017-12-29 Created: 2017-12-29 Last updated: 2017-12-29

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