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Book: Contemporary Puritan Salafism

Chapter: Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27336


Contemporary Salafism is a multifaceted global phenomenon that seems to be growing among minority Muslims. Among Muslims living as minorities there are different strategies to preserve a Muslim identity. This relates to the question posed by many Muslims regarding how to live as a believing and practicing Muslim in rather secularized surroundings. Salafism has recently emerged as a framework from which many contemporary Muslims in Europe draw inspiration and regard as correct or authentic Islam, and it affects how many Muslims view issues of segregation and integration into majority society. This introductory chapter lays the groundwork for the case study explored in the rest of the volume.

Chapter Contributors

  • Susanne Olsson ( - solsson) 'Stockholm University'