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REVIVAL AND RENEWAL. The Arabic terms ihya' (revival) and tajdid (renewal) are often used in the context of modern Islamic movements, but they also have important premodern roots. Premodern renewal was usually associated with a specifically designated purifier who, according to the hadiths (Prophetic traditions), would come at the "head of each century" to renew the faith and practice of Muslims. Many puritanical reformers were, as a result, identified by their followers as the designated renewe ...more

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