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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 religious movement or sect or branch of Sunni Islam variously described as "orthodox", "ultraconservative", "austere", "fundamentalist", "puritanical", an Islamic "reform movement" to restore "pure monotheistic worship", or an "extremist pseudo-Sunni movement". It aspires to return to the earliest fundamental Islamic sources of the Quran and Hadith, with inspiration from the teachings of Medieval theologian Ibn Taymiyyah and early jurist Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Initially, Wahhabism was a revivalist movement instigated by an eighteenth century theologian, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab from Najd, Saudi Arabia. He eventually convinced the local Amir, Uthman ibn Mu'ammar, to help him in his struggle. The movement gained unchallenged precedence in most of the Arabian Peninsula through an alliance between Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and the House of Muhammad ibn Saud, which provided political and financial power for the religious revival represented by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab. The alliance created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where Mohammed bin Abd Al-Wahhab's teachings are state-sponsored and the dominant form of Islam.


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