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Salafism and politics: a Malaysian case

Malik, Maszlee (2016) Salafism and politics: a Malaysian case. International Journal of Islamic Thought, 5 (1). pp. 49-59. ISSN 1816-689X

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Amongst the unanticipated phenomenon of the Arab Spring is the emergence of the “political Salafis” through the active participation of the Salafi groups in the politics of some countries affected by the uprisings. However, in Malaysia, a group of Salafism preachers has preceded their brethren in Egypt. Malaysian salafis joined the ruling nationalist party, UMNO (United Malays National Organisation), in 2009. They justify their participation in UMNO by arguing that they are following the Salafi doctrine of “total obedience to the rulers” (Ta’at Wulat al-Umur), “the prohibition of rebelling against the rulers” (Tahrim al-Khuruj ‘ala al-Hukkam) and the doctrine of “necessity renders prohibited things permissible” (al-Darurat tubihu al-mahzurat). Though their participation in politics is due to political expediency, it has been beneficial for both the Salafis and the regime. This paper, applying the historical and descriptive method, examines those Salafists’ theological arguments and motivations.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3341/51652
Uncontrolled Keywords: Salafism, Malaysia, Ulama Muda, Salafi doctrine, UMNO.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.7 Islam and politics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Depositing User: Dr Maszlee Malik
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 15:16
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016 17:22
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/51652

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