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CIK Talk - Salafism and Traditionalism: Scholarly Authority in Modern Islam
CIK Talks is a platform for noted Muslim intellectuals and thought leaders to address critical issues facing the Ummah and ideas shaping the modern world.

CIK Talk - Salafism and Traditionalism: Scholarly Authority in Modern Islam

Presented by Professor Emad Hamdeh (Embry-Riddle University)
​Friday, September 17th, 2021 ​at 8 PM EST (10 Safar)

One of the most contentious topics in modern Islam is whether one should adhere to an Islamic legal school or follow scripture directly. For centuries, Sunni Muslims have practiced Islam through the framework of the four legal schools. The 20th century, however, witnessed the rise of individuals who denounced the legal schools, highlighting cases where they contradict texts from the Qur'ān or Sunna. These differences are exemplified in the heated debates between the Salafi ḥadīth scholar Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī and his Traditionalist critics.

In this CIK Talk, Prof. Hamdeh will examine the tensions between Salafis and Traditionalists concerning scholarly authority in Islam. He will offer an insider's view of the debates between Salafis and Traditionalists and their differences regarding the correct method of interpreting Islam. Dr. Hamdeh will also provide a detailed analysis of the rise of Salafism, the impact of the printing press, the role of scholars in textual interpretation, and the divergent approaches to Islamic law.

Sep 17, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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