Definitions for wahhabism
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a conservative and intolerant form of Islam that is practiced in Saudi Arabia
"Osama bin Laden and his followers practice Wahhabism"
a branch of Sunni Islam practised by those who follow the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab
Wahhabism or Wahhabi mission is a religious movement or sect or form of Sunni Islam variously described as "orthodox", "ultraconservative", "austere", "fundamentalist", "puritanical", describes an Islamic "reform movement" to restore "pure monotheistic worship", or an "extremist pseudo-Sunni movement". Adherents often object to the term Wahhabi or Wahhabism as derogatory, and prefer to be called Salafi or muwahhid. Wahhabism is named after an eighteenth century preacher and scholar, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab. He started a revivalist movement in the remote, sparsely populated region of Nejd, advocating a purging of practices such as the popular cult of saints, and shrine and tomb visitation, widespread among Muslims, but which he considered idolatry, impurities and innovations in Islam. Eventually he formed a pact with a local leader Muhammad bin Saud offering political obedience and promising that protection and propagation of the Wahhabi movement, would mean "power and glory" and rule of "lands and men." The movement is centered on the principle of Tawhid, or the "uniqueness" and "unity" of God.
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