NVP 104: Islamic sects & conflict

Understanding the spectrum – Sunni, Shia, Kharijites, Sufism, Salafism, Wahabism, Schools of jurisprudence/madhabs, Schools of Islamic theology. Exploring methodological similarities & differences. The meaning of Ahlul-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. Review of primary sources, key verses, key hadith – 73 sects. Key definitions: defining the salaf, as-sahabah, al-jama’ah. Rights and responsibilities of believers towards one another. Understanding innovation/bid’ah, wasatiyyah/middle-path.