Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The clerics’ betrayal? Islamists, ʿUlamaʾ and the polity

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The critical writings of Benda, Gramsci and Nizan were part of a broader European debate over the image of the secular intellectual. The code words "betrayal" and "watchdogs" favored by these Western writers were relevant as well to the anti-ʿulamaʾ Islamist polemic, although in a quite different context. Retrospectively, the legal and historic record of Sunni ʿulamaʾ held little appeal for modern Islamist movements. Rather, it was viewed as an obstacle, in the Islamists' depiction. The harsh verdict of Islamists on modern Arab ʿulamaʾ, together with the slighting treatment of them in Western research, borders to a large extent on historical injustice. The Saudi Muslim World League, charged with the task of exporting the Wahhabiyya brand of Islam, soon took the lead in remolding the global Islamic landscape through the power of petro-Islam. Islamists, for their part, did not burn their bridges with the Sunni establishment.

Keywords: Islamists; modern Arab ʿulamaʾ

10.1163/ej.9789004169531.i-342.77
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004169531.i-342.77
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Guardians of Faith in Modern Times: ʿUlamaʾ in the Middle East — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation