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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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Fathy added that the electoral alliance between Al-Fadila and Salifi Al-Raya party has evolved into a political one, and he encouraged "Copts, women and youths" to become members and run for elections "if they are efficient".
The Syrian army is penetrating our lines," said Mohammad Salifi, a 35-year-old former government employee.
To make matters substantially worse, the horrific violence levied on Shia communities by Sunni Salifi Jihadists, best-characterized by Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, sparked an explosion of sectarian bloodshed.