Salafi theology and Islamic orthodoxy in West Africa

Zachary Wright*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The publication of Rudolph Ware’s The Walking Qur’an revives the debate surrounding fundamentally divergent understandings of Islamic identity, the epistemological divide between Salafism and traditionally trained African Muslim scholars. This article extends Ware’s findings into the field of articulated theology, suggesting a virulent contestation for orthodoxy where traditionalists are hardly outflanked by the supposed scripturalism of Salafi doctrine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-656
Number of pages10
JournalComparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Africa
  • Islam
  • Salafism
  • Sufism
  • Theology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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