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Wahhābism Applied: Flexibility Towards Change

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This chapter investigates the applications of contemporary Wahhābī jurisprudence to problems within the purview of Sunna, inevitably resulting from the interface between Islam and modern innovations. Some of the areas discussed in the chapter are: visual media, financial matters and medical issues. One of the most highly debated issues in the area of modern visual media is that of images of humans and fauna, i.e., God's creatures. In regard to the visual media, jurists have allowed the broad use of mass media, albeit under State supervision. In the area of financial matters, jurists have approved all Sharīʿa-compatible banking services and insurance.

Keywords: financial matters; medical issues; visual media; Wahhābī jurisprudence



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