Circuits of Faith

Michael Farquhar

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9780804798358
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781503600270 | DOI:
Circuits of Faith

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This book considers efforts undertaken by the Saudi political and religious establishments to widen the sphere of Wahhabi influence beyond the kingdom’s borders from the mid-twentieth century. It focuses on the history of the Islamic University of Medina (IUM), founded in 1961 to offer fully-funded religious instruction to mostly non-Saudi students. It demonstrates that this Saudi state-backed missionary initiative built on political, cultural, and social transformations tracing back to the late Ottoman period. It goes on to show that, just as the IUM sought to extend the authority and...

Keywords: Saudi Arabia; Salafism; Wahhabism; Islamic education; transnational religion; transnational history; transnationalism; migration; spiritual capital; religious economies

Book.  288 pages. 

Subjects: Islam

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