Humanities & Communication
Despite his great influence on modern Salafism and Islamic studies, relatively few works focus on the life of Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī (d. 1999), a scholar whose life and brand of Salafism are marked by controversy and stand in stark contrast to madhhab Traditionalism. This article provides a translation of one of his autobiographical interviews. I shed light on the biographical details of Albānī’s formative years, namely his sour relationship with his father, quarrels with the Albanian community in Syria, and his controversial professorship at the University of Medina. Among the arguments I make is that Albānī created an image of himself as an unchanging scholar in order to remain consistent in his claim to follow the absolute truth.
The Muslim World
Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Hamdeh, E. (2016). The Formative Years of an Iconoclastic Salafi Scholar. The Muslim World, 106(3). https://doi.org/10.1111/muwo.12157