Photograph by Paolo Pellegrin, National Geographic
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Abdul Rahman, a 27-year-old Salafist from Al Mansurah, Egypt, prays—often with great intensity and emotion—on the banks of the Nile River.

Photograph by Paolo Pellegrin, National Geographic

Inside the World of Egypt's Salafist Muslims

Jihadists in the ultraorthodox branch of Islam have been tied to terror attacks—including those in Paris—but most Salafists see politics as a distraction from religion. Photographer Paolo Pellegrin gained rare access to a group of Salafists in Egypt. Here is what he found.

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