The Political Context of Early Wahhabi Discourse of Takfir

  title={The Political Context of Early Wahhabi Discourse of Takfir},
  author={Tarik K. Firro},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={770 - 789}
This article compares the takfiri discourse (accusing people of being infidels) of the first and second generation of Wahhabi scholars with that of Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of the Wahhabiyya. The article shows that these scholars had revised Ibn ‘Abd Wahhab's position toward infidelity; a position which had been adopted by many Wahhabi scholars until the beginning of the nineteenth century. In their revision, they put an end to the ambivalent position toward takfir, emphasizing… 
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