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The Temptation of Graves in Salafi Islam: Iconoclasm, Destruction and Idolatry

Ondrej Beránek and Pavel Tupek


In various parts of the Islamic world over the past decades, virulent attacks have targeted Islamic funeral and sacral architecture. Rather than being random acts of vandalism, these are associated with the idea of performing one’s religious duty as attested to in the Salafi/Wahhabi tradition and texts. Graves, shrines and tombs are regarded by some Muslims as having the potential to tempt a believer to polytheism. Hence the duty to level the graves to the ground (taswiyat al-qubūr). In illuminating the ideology behind these acts, this book explains the current destruction of graves in the Isl ... More

Keywords: Salafi Islam, Wahhabism, iconoclasm, graves, funeral architecture, cult of saints, taswiyat al-qubur, Ibn Taymiyya, Saudi Arabia, Nasir al-Din al-Albani

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474417570
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474417570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ondrej Beránek, author
Czech Academy of Sciences

Pavel Tupek, author
Charles University