Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tripoli: The Salafi Gateway

From Sanaa al Jack of Asharq Alawsat

Dr. Ahmad Musuly, professor of political science and Islamic studies at the American University in Beirut, told Asharq Al Awsat: "Some of these movements act violently and some accept the present situation. Salafis in Lebanon were receptive to peace and could settle for Islamic values and thought. The switch to violence was associated with the rise of al Qaeda. Militant takfiri groups emerged that embraced al Qaeda's thinking and called for the elimination of everything that contradicted their ideology and the establishment of an Islamic state by force. These groups were based in the Palestinian refugee camps where authority is absent." He pointed out that "The thing in common between the Salafi groups is the same thinking—a return to the pious ancestors' course, rejection of the schools of thought and adhering to basic texts."

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