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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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Le souverain wahabite, avec lequel le president republicain doit se reunir en debut d'apres-midi, a appele a "un nouveau partenariat" entre les Etats-Unis et les pays musulmans, dont nombre de dirigeants seront presents dimanche a Ryad.
Selon lui, elle a favorise la diffusion de la doctrine wahabite meme dans les pays d'Afrique noire ou l'islam confrerique avait pignon sur rue.
Selon lui, les Imams qui tiennent des discours a consonance politique, syndicale ou Wahabite dans les mosquees peuvent etre comptes sur les doigts d'une main et pourraient etre pourchasses, neutralises et places derriere les barreaux en moins de 7 jours.
A senior Lebanese political analyst Hamza al-Haj Hassan, too, told FNA that the relationship between the Wahabite and Takfiri groups with the Al Qaeda in Northern Lebanon is part of a foreign-led adventurism which has targeted sovereignty of Syria and Lebanon.
Achcar traces the history of us support for the Saudi kingdom, and the sometimes uneasy relationship between the Saudi political state which governs economic issues, and the Wahabite religious order which was granted jurisdiction over many matters of civil society.
The chapter which describes the split between the Sunnis and Shiites and later, in the 18th century, the birth of the Wahabite movement (which still controls Saudi Arabia today) throws an interesting light on present developments in the Middle East.
Much is made occasionally of the activities of the religious police in Saudi Arabia, the guardians of Wahabite purity.
The quasi-divine mission of the Americans is to resume such progress onwards and upwards, against the evil axis of Wahabite terrorism and Hussein's dictatorship.
Il demontre le desequilibre economique qui existe entre ces deux mondes et qui engendre une relation inegale permettant d'enfreindre les lois en toute impunite et la destruction des ressources animalieres du Niger ainsi que la propagation des idees du courant de pensee wahabite dans ces regions.