Whether or not one agrees with this informant's suggestions for why Salafism grew, it remains a fact that it has become the dominating Islamic movement in today's Bale. It has penetrated into all corners of the region and into every segment of society. Following this development, this study has argued for the need to understand Salafism in its particularity, in which the different features of an increasingly heterogeneous phenomenon are recognised. The second chapter, addressing this issue, has also conceptualised religious change, arguing for the need to apply a localised approach and to recognise the important role of human agency in such processes. It has emphasised the religious change as complex dialectic interactions between impetus and response, between agents and audiences. Underscoring the issue of localisation, the chapter moreover points to de-localisation and localisation as two complementary processes in the emergence and development of Salafism in Bale. I have also critically discussed Asad's "discursive tradition" of Islam as a relevant approach, arguing for the need to view this "discursive tradition" in a more inclusive manner, recognising the discourses about traditions particular for the locality.