Between Salafism and Traditionalism The Case of Nasir al-Din Albani and His Detractors

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Jay Willoughby

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On March 12, 2015 Emad Hamdeh, a specialist in modern Muslim reform
movements, Islamic intellectual history, historical pedagogical methods, and
Islamic law, discussed “Between Salafism and Traditionalism: The Case of
Nasir al-Din Albani and His Detractors” at the IIIT headquarters in Herndon,
VA. He currently serves as an adjunct professor of Arabic and Islamic studies
in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Montclair State
University, Montclair, NJ. His doctorate (Exeter University, 2014) “The
Emergence of an Iconoclast: Muhammad Nasir al-Din al-Albani and His
Critics” traced the origins of this controversial figure’s anti-madhhab
polemic.
Hamdeh began by presenting a brief overview of al-Albani’s life. He
was born in Albania in 1914 at a time of increasing secularism. When he was
nine years old his father, a traditional Hanafi, moved the family to Syria.
While growing up, he studied under his father and with local religious schol-
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