(Re)Constituting Community: Takfir and Institutional Design in Tunisia and Yemen

@article{Hartshorn2018ReConstitutingCT,
  title={(Re)Constituting Community: Takfir and Institutional Design in Tunisia and Yemen},
  author={Ian M. Hartshorn and Stacey Philbrick Yadav},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  year={2018},
  volume={32},
  pages={970 - 987}
}
ABSTRACT As a speech act, takfir—the allegation of a Muslim’s apostasy—may insinuate violence in a way that can delimit the boundaries of political, as well as religious, community. Yet the use of takfir also incurs costs in plural political environments. Those who engage in it do not always see the dividends they may imagine. This article compares public acts of takfir at critical moments in Tunisia and Yemen to argue that the weight of this particular idiom is not universal, but is a function… Expand
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