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Salafi Syllabification: Sal·a·fi
Pronunciation: /səˈläfē/

Definition of Salafi in English:

noun (plural Salafis)

A member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect advocating a return to the early Islam of the Koran and Sunna.
Example sentences
  • Militant Salafis object to Muslims shaving their beards.
  • Sufis are typically more peaceful and less rigid than Salafis or Wahhabis, though there are militantly anti-Western Sufi leaders, as well.
  • Most are peaceful, but some Salafis have turned radical and take up arms, just as there were violent Lutheran peasant rebellions in early modern Europe.



Example sentences
  • There is consensus among a wide array of our contacts that Salafism is on the rise, with some characterizing it as "a wave sweeping the country" and "nothing short of a major societal shift."
  • Salafism is a Protestant-type reform movement that seeks to go back to the original Islamic sources and slough off medieval glosses.
  • He met a well known intellectual who introduced him to radical Salafism, a doctrine which calls for a return to the purity of Islam.


noun & adjective
Example sentences
  • "I realized that they were introducing the Salafist formula, which does not recognize any Islamic traditions after the time of the Prophet," he told me.
  • Radical Islam of the millenarian Salafist kind is also gaining in popularity among Muslim students.
  • He explores the influences of insiders and outsiders on Sunni Islam and the resulting rivalries and clashing philosophies that spawned the current Salafist reform movement.


Arabic, from salaf 'predecessors', 'forebears'.

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