The Salafis in America: The Rise, Decline and Prospects for a Sunni Muslim Movement among African-Americans

  title={The Salafis in America: The Rise, Decline and Prospects for a Sunni Muslim Movement among African-Americans},
  author={S. Elmasry},
  journal={Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs},
  pages={217 - 236}
  • S. Elmasry
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
This paper examines the rise of the first African-American Sunni Muslim group, the Salafis, who identify with the Wahhabi interpretive tradition. The Salafi movement arrived in America in the early 1990s when the resurgence of Black Consciousness coincided with the recruitment mission undertaken by the University of Madina in Saudi Arabia. The main element of their program is the revival of the sunnah of the Prophet by promoting hadith study and the suppression of innovations or bida'. In… 
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