What is it about?

A comprehensive overview of the historical development of the Salafī daʿwa divided into three stages. Following these historical observations, the development patterns of the Salafī daʿwa in Azerbaijan are explored, and an attempt is made to explain them through a framework provided by social movement theory. Finally, based on its ideological variations in Azerbaijan, an attempt is undertaken to develop a refined taxonomy of the Salafī movement in this country, based on a critical reassessment of existing classifications.

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Why is it important?

The research is one of the few focusing the historical development of the Salafi da'wa in highly secularized, post-Communist Shia majority environment in a systemized manner. Could be useful for comparative studies of the Salafi da'wa as well as the regional studies.

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I hope this article helps researchers and policy makers as well as all those interested understand unique features of the post-Communist development of newly-born nations in the case of various Islamic movements (here the Salafi one). I believe it will also be helpful through provoking and inspire others continue research on the subject-matter and related issues that could not be addressed in full by myself. It was also a great pleasure to work with the editors of this volume

Fuad Aliyev
ADA University

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This page is a summary of: Situating Salafī Islam in Azerbaijan, Die Welt des Islams, May 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15700607-06023p05.
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