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 (sä′lə-fĭz′əm, sə-lä′fĭz′əm)
A school of Sunni Islam that condemns theological innovation and advocates strict adherence to shari'a and to the social structures existing in the earliest days of Islam.

[From Salafi.]

Sa′la·fist adj. & n.
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Noun1.Salafism - a militant group of extremist Sunnis who believe themselves the only correct interpreters of the Koran and consider moderate Muslims to be infidels; seek to convert all Muslims and to insure that its own fundamentalist version of Islam will dominate the world
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
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Reda was equally influenced by the Salafiyyah movement's calls for agitation against tyranny and despotism, and resistance to foreign domination, as well as the promotion of Muslim solidarity.
The chapter on Saudi Arabia highlights not just the common refrain of its place in the strategic interests of the United States but the much-less-common one of the ongoing and complex conflict between different interpretations of Islam (Wahhabi, Salafiyyah, and so on), and the Saudi state and its vacillations among various Islamic schools of thought.