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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.


(wəˈhɑːbɪ) or


n, pl -bis
(Islam) a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam
Wahˈhabism, Waˈhabism n


or Wa•ha•bi

(wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ-)

also Wah•ha•bite


n., pl. -bis also -bites.
a member of a conservative Muslim group founded orig. by followers of ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1703–92).
[1800–10; < Arabic, =‘Abd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance]
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Noun1.Wahhabi - a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect from Saudi Arabia; strives to purify Islamic beliefs and rejects any innovation occurring after the 3rd century of Islam; "Osama bin Laden is said to be a Wahhabi Muslim"
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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Strict Wahhabis say all those who do not practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies.
They need to take this matter to the UN Security Council for international action and demand Riyadh to cut money flowing to the Wahhabis, Salafists, extremists and terrorists in the region, including to various terror groups in Syria.
Wahhabis believe it is okay to kill other Muslims who "deviate".
Wahhabis continue to seek ways to export their ideology abroad.
It was the latest in a series of reports of terrorist activity in Iran that the regime has blamed simply on "takfiris," a term generally applied to Saudi Wahhabis and to the Islamic State.
The campaign is not simply a product of the marriage between the Al Sauds and the Wahhabis.
Hopwood demonstrates how the union of politics and religion went a long way for Abdul-Aziz as within two centuries (from 1744 to the beginning of the 20th century), a majority of the Central Arabia's settled populations had identified themselves as Wahhabis.
Restructuring the economy will inevitably involve a renegotiation of the Al Saud's bargain with the Wahhabis and the kingdom's social contract in which the population surrendered political rights for cradle-to-grave economic benefits.
They began to take root in the 1970s when, awash with petrodollars, Saudi Wahhabis began to export Wahhabi extremism.
16: 'In 1923, when this empire was abolished and had no control over any part of Arabia, the Wahhabis massacred over a half million people in Mecca when they conquered it.
The Wahhabis Seen Through European Eyes (1772-1830): Deists and Puritans of Islam
Wahhabis call themselves "Salafi," referring to the "pious predecessors," or the first three generations of Muslims from the Hadith period.