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24 Islamic L. & Soc'y 1 (2017)

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                     ISLAMIC LAW AND  SOCIETY 24 (2017) 1-43         Islamic Law
BRILL                                                                 brill.com/ils

Qur~an and Sunna or the Madhhabs?: A Salafi

Polemic Against Islamic Legal Tradition

        Emad  Hamdeh
      Embry Riddle Aeronautical University


The Albanian scholar Muhammad   Nasir al-Din al-Albamn (d. 1999) established a unique
type of Salafism, a movement whose adherents follow a puritanical model of Muslim
creed, exegesis, and conduct that is critical of madhhab Traditionalism. In this article I
present an annotated translation of an audio lecture in which Albani attempted to
defend Salafism against its anti-madhhab image. I shed light on the religious and social
climate that played a critical role in triggering AlbamnI's disdain for Traditionalism and
led him to discredit madhhab Traditionalistfiqh and replace it with his own interpreta-
tion of the jurisprudential requirements of Islamic scripture. Among the arguments I
make  is that AlbamnI's claim to follow only the Qur'an and Sunna is a rhetorical strategy
designed to present Salafism as the absolute truth and distinguish it from being catego-
rized as another madhhab or religious movement.


Madhhabs  - Nasir al-Din al-Albamn - Salafism - Traditionalism - Fiqh - Hanafi school
- Taqlid

*  I would like to thank the International Institute of Islamic Thought (1IIT) for providing a
   short-term research grant that resulted in the production of this article. I would also like to
   thank David Powers, Osamah Salhia, Lynnette Porter, and the anonymous reviewers for their
   valuable feedback.

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2016  DOI 10.1163/15685195-00240A01

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