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Emad Hamdeh’s Salafīsm and Traditionalism: Scholarly Authority in Modern Islam is a meticulous study of a contemporary debate about scholarly legitimacy, between the Salafī hadith-scholar Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī and his traditional Sunnī interlocutors, focused on disputes over both hadiths and Islamic Law (fiqh). The book is a welcome addition to contemporary studies about Salafīsm, which (as the author observes) often tend to focus on political dimensions of the movement, at the expense of religious elements—this although the latter may be more significant in the sense that most Salafīs themselves view their initiative as primarily religious, and not necessarily political.
2 Aḥmad al-Ghumarī, al-Jawāb al-Mufīd lil-Sāʾil al-Mustafīd (Beirut: Dār al-Kutub al- ʿllmiyya, 1423/2002), 98.
3 Aḥmad al-Ghumarī, Darr al-Ghamām al-Raqīq bi-Rasāʾil al-Shaykh al-Sayyid Aḥmad ibn al-Ṣiddīq, ed. ʿAbd-Allāh al-Talīdī (Beirut: Dār al- Bashāˀir, 2000), 191. See also his brother’s similar comments: ʿAbd-Allāh al-Ghumārī, Sabīl al-Tawfīq fi Tarjamat ‘Abd-Allāh ibn Ṣiddīq (Cairo: Maṭbaˁat Dār al-Bayān, 1985), 49.
4 Shāṭibī, al-Iʿtiṣām ([Saudi Arabia]: Dār Ibn ʿAffān, 1412/1992), 2:713.
5 Dale Eickelmann, “The Art of Memory: Islamic Education and Its Social Reproduction,” in Comparing Muslim Societies: Knowledge and the State in a World Civilization, ed. Juan R.I. Cole (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992), 110.
6 Ibn Taymiyya, Majmūʿ al-Fatāwā, ed. ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ibn Qāsim (Madinah: King Fahd Printing Complex, 1995/1416), 3rd ed., 10:357.