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  1. Wahhabism, Wahabism(noun)

    a conservative and intolerant form of Islam that is practiced in Saudi Arabia

    "Osama bin Laden and his followers practice Wahhabism"


  1. Wahhabism(ProperNoun)

    a branch of Sunni Islam practised by those who follow the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab


  1. Wahhabi movement

    Wahhabism is a reactionary religious movement or offshoot branch of Islam variously described as "orthodox", "ultraconservative", "austere", "fundamentalist", "puritanical", an Islamic "reform movement" to restore "pure monotheistic worship", or an "extremist movement". It aspires to return to the earliest fundamental Islamic sources of the Quran and Hadith with different interpretation from mainstream Islam, inspired by the teachings of medieval theologian Ibn Taymiyyah and early jurist Ahmad ibn Hanbal. The majority of the world's Wahhabis are from Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. 46.87% of Qataris and 44.8% of Emiratis are Wahhabis. 5.7% of Bahrainis are Wahhabis and 2.17% of Kuwaitis are Wahhabis. Wahhabis are the "dominant minority" in Saudi Arabia, 22.9% of all Saudis are Wahhabis. The radical beliefs of Wahhabism enables its followers to label non-Wahhabi and mainstream Muslims as apostates along with non-Muslims, thus paving the way for their bloodshed. In July 2013, European Parliament identified the Wahhabi movement as the source of global terrorism and a threat to traditional and diverse Muslim cultures of the whole world.


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