Making sense of sectarianism without sects: Quietist Salafi anti-Shia discourse in Jordan -Joas Wagemakers

Salafis do not view Shias very favourably. In general, this has to do with their ideological objections to Shias’ beliefs and, perhaps secondarily, the political conflicts with Shia powers like Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hizballah (Haykel, 2010; Steinberg, 2009). Given the fact that Jordan has virtually no Shias, the kingdom may differ from other countries in that the sectarian issue is less urgent there. Yet Jordanian Salafis also use sectarianism to vilify other Sunnis in a competition for their own regime’s favour. This article shows that Jordanian Salafis contribute to the sectarianization of the kingdom with their own anti-Shiism by relying … Continue reading Making sense of sectarianism without sects: Quietist Salafi anti-Shia discourse in Jordan -Joas Wagemakers