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Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egypt

Jeffrey T. Kenney


The Kharijites were a splinter group that broke away from the main forces of Islam during the formative medieval period, purportedly refusing arbitration and committing bloody outrages against their fellow Muslims. Their influence in the political and theological life of the nascent faith has ensured their place in both critical and religious accounts of early Islamic history. Over the centuries, the Kharijites have repeatedly been invoked whenever militant opposition arose and today the label is frequently applied to extremist Islamic movements. After a brief look at Kharijite origins, this b ... More

Keywords: Islam, medieval period, early Islamic history, Kharijites, Egypt, religious images

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195131697
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/019513169X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey T. Kenney, author
DePauw University
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