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The Khawaarij and the Creed of Takfeer

Declaring a Muslim to be an Apostate and its Effects upon Modern Day Islaamic Movements

by Craig Anthony Green

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Institution: University of South Africa
Advisor(s): Prof. Yousuf Dadoo
Degree: M.A. in Islamic Studies
Year: 2009
Volume: 399 pages
ISBN-10: 1599423243
ISBN-13: 9781599423241

Abstract

Islaam as a world religion is, in the present age, sometimes associated with terrorism and numerous bombings and conflicts around the globe. While Islaam does not encourage these actions, there exist movements within the Muslim community which use violence as a means of political expression similar to the early extremist Khawaarij sect who abused the concept of takfeer. Many modern day ideologues seem to adopt the main tenets of the Khawaarij creed and as a result exhort and carry out actions of violence under the guise of Islaam. In addition, Western media, secularists, and United States policy also appear to have a direct role in fostering the growth of these movements. Therefore, there is a need for further study into the ideological roots of these groups, their actions, and how societies can look for solutions to combat their ideals before they evolve into terrorist actions.

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