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Strong but confused ideas

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The spectrum of references used by the Brotherhood is extremely wide, because they justify their actions with regard to the Sunni tradition and their carrying forward of the canonical reformist tradition. Some great ideas have marked them, such as the "globality" of Islam, the importance of getting involved in "Islamic work" to bring about a "gradual reform" of society, of making "efforts" to change oneself, to think of Islam as being "the solution", etc. These ideas touch people's minds, and represent milestones that define the contours of behavior that is supposed to be authentically Islamic. The Wahhabi-Salafists think that they should be loyal to Muslims, while rejecting the Shiites, and sometimes professing disdain or even hatred for non-Muslims; they reject the work of the Brotherhood on behalf of their work for the integration of Muslims into European societies.

Keywords: Islam; political ideas; Wahhabi-Salafists



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