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Circuits of Faith: Migration, Education, and the Wahhabi Mission

Michael Farquhar


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 influen ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804798358
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804798358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Farquhar, author
King's College London