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Dr. Iqbal al-Gharbi

Definition of Salafism: Linguistically the term ‘salaf’ means ‘what has passed’. Technically speaking it is a Golden Age which represents the pure understanding and application of religious and intellectual authority, a time that predates the emergence of the differences, contradictions and denominations that overtook Islamic intellectual life as a result of wars and conflict.

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Riyadh Hammadi

Arab Islamic civilisation is, as Hāmid Abū Zayd put it: ‘a civilisation of the text’, or as Muhammad ‘Ābid al-Jābrī put it: ‘a civilisation of jurisprudence’. It is a civilisation of the word, in compensation for the absence of a civilisation of the deed. The difference between theory and application, between words and deeds, is a common justification for the backwardness of the Muslims, as a way of raising the perfection of Islam above it all, as opposed to any faulty application of it by its followers.

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Abd al-Magid al-Shehawi

It is indisputable that the collision of the Arab world's conservative Islamic heritage with Western colonial civilisation over the past two centuries, and the exposure of its humiliating status vis-à-vis the tremendous progress in modern technologies of transport and communication or the achievements of the advanced nations in the world, specifically Western Europe and North America – have spawned a cultural tension that is yet to be resolved.

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Babikir Faysal Babikir

The president of the Tunisian Ennahda movement Rachid el-Ghannouchi penned an article with this very same title, in which he intended to read the future of political Islam movements in the Arab region in the light of the removal from power in Egypt of the Muslim Brotherhood. After highlighting several bursts of life which, in his opinion, deny that the star of this trend is in the descendant, he made the following summation:

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