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dc.contributor.advisorHafez, Mohammed
dc.contributor.authorUrban, Jacob C.
dc.dateDec-13
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-18T23:39:20Z
dc.date.available2014-02-18T23:39:20Z
dc.date.issued2013-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/39030
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe contemporary Salafist movement idealizes the Rightly Guided Caliphate. Given the tumultuous nature of the period and the grandeur of the Golden Age of Islam that occurred several centuries later, its veneration seems paradoxical. To explain the reality of the Rightly Guided Caliphate and the reasoning behind its emulation, this study explores both the traditional historical account and the contemporary Salafist narrative of the period. Comparative analysis indicates that the period is revered, despite the paradoxical turmoil and violence associated with it, because it is perceived as the summit of both spiritual purity and temporal power in Islamic history. Contemporary Salafists long for a resurgence of Muslim power in the world but do not want to sacrifice religious purity to obtain it. The Rightly Guided Caliphate epitomizes this notion because its earliest generation was the most pure, in terms of the practice of Islam, of any Muslim generation. In addition, its seemingly miraculous expansion signified enormous temporal powerrelative to its competitors, who have since overtaken themthat is easily romanticized. Much of the periods violence is omitted from the narrative to protect an idealized remembrance of the states power, not its religious unity.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/contemporarysala1094539030
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleContemporary salafism and the Rightly Guided Caliphate: why is it emulated and what was its reality?en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderGingeras, Ryan
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.subject.authorContemporary Salafismen_US
dc.subject.authorRightly Guided Caliphateen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic sectarianismen_US
dc.subject.authorMohammaden_US
dc.subject.authorQuranen_US
dc.subject.authorSunnaen_US
dc.subject.authorHadithen_US
dc.subject.authorcompanionsen_US
dc.description.recognitionOutstanding Thesisen_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Marine Corpsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Arts In Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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