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or Wa·ha·bi (wä-hä′bē)
n. pl. Wah·ha·bis or Wa·ha·bis
A member of a Muslim sect founded by Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792), known for its strict observance of the Koran and flourishing mainly in Arabia.

Wah·ha′bism (-bĭz′əm) n.


the religious system of the Wahhabi, a Muslim order founded by Muhammad Ibn-Abdul Wahhab.
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Noun1.Wahhabism - a conservative and intolerant form of Islam that is practiced in Saudi Arabia; "Osama bin Laden and his followers practice Wahhabism"
Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimism, Islam, Islamism - the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"
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He further explains that when speaking about radical political structures he has in mind the wahabi movement, which has appeared not just in the Balkans, but also in Europe and abroad and is not merely religious but is also political.
The Wahabi movement, named after Abd-al-Wahab, was generating extremism in the community by asking it use all possible means, including 'jihad', to 'defend' the religion.
The recent Wahabi movement, financed by Saudi Arabia, has rapidly radicalized a section of the Muslim leadership in all provinces, especially in Assam, Kerala and Kashmir.
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The Wahabi movement was in fact a religious expression of a pro-Arab ethnocentrism, that was as vehemently opposed to the Ottoman Turks (which epitomized the height of Islamic society in that age) as it was with Christians and Jews; Muslims deemed as non practicing by Wahabis were considered even more heretical.