Post-Islamism and the religious discourse of 'ABD al-Salam yasin

Henri Lauzière*

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What exactly does Yasin's religious discourse consist of, and how is it novel? Is the notion of post-Islamist thought capable of conveying its specificity? This paper will show that a detailed analysis of Yasin's discourse fails to validate post-Islamism; instead, it unveils some of the theory's weaknesses and provides clues to solve them. Since the term "post-Islamist" cannot adequately make sense of Yasin's nonpolitical ideas, this paper will argue that "post-Salafism" is a more appropriate and meaningful category. From a strictly religious viewpoint, Yasin's discourse is distinctive by transcending the broad Salafi epistemology that exalts exoteric scripturalism and formal instruction (ta'līm) at the expense of mysticism and spiritual guidance (tarbiya). Unlike the notion of post-Islamist thought, post-Salafism does not depend on the prior failure of political Islam; nor does it focus on political attitudes and ideas. Instead, it indicates changes in the dominant Salafi-oriented approach to religion that characterizes most Sunni Islamists and many alleged post-Islamists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-261
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Middle East Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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