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The Modern Salafi Warrior: Inviting and Striving Towards a Nostalgic Future

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2016,25 May 2017

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This paper addresses the modern Salafist warrior with an emphasis on identifying and understanding the wellspring of ideological inspiration informing subsequent actions. This project is concerned with lens construction enabling further analysis and charts the development of Islamic jurisprudence from its inception on the pre-Islamic Arabian Peninsula through the establishment of Sunni Islams four orthodox legal schools. From there it places shariah reasoning in context and extracts an Islamic just war theory. The lens is further refined and focused through a discussion of key battles in the Quran. The suitability of the lens is tested against three well-known and authoritative Salafist publications. The purpose is to provide an analytical tool enabling further study. Additional Salafist sources are offered for supplementary analytical iterations using, or adjusting, the constructed lens.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

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