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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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Helfont introduces his monograph with a historical sketch of both Wahhabism and the Brotherhood and a discussion of their respective ideologies.
We strongly warn that financial and arms support of the radical groups and also a suppressive attitude towards the people would have improper consequences," Mottaki said, in an apparent reference to Saudi Arabia's puritanical form of mainstream Sunni Islam, called Wahhabism.
The third chapter similarly exposes the West views of Wahhabism as dangerous radicalism after Sep 11th.
Ali Saif Hassan, a political analyst who has met with the Houthis in attempts to secure a peace deal, told Al Jazeera: "In the past an alliance formed by Saudi Arabia, [Sunni] Wahhabism and a powerful Yemeni tribe dominated political life in Yemen.
Specifically, I would like to show that the popular category of Wahhabism has been adopted by the Muslims themselves in order to designate the religious and social non-traditional practices and beliefs that appeared in the Caucasus in the 1990s and pose a serious threat to the existing norms, values, and customary law (adat).
Wahhabism and the Muslim Brotherhood are two distinct forms of Sunni Islamism.
Wahhabism begins as a very conservative and puritanical movement under the leadership of Muhammad ibn Abd Al-Wahhab and, after entering into an alliance with the ibn Saud family, conquers the whole of Arabia.
Barrak, who is thought to be around 75, is viewed by Islamists as the leading independent authority of Wahhabism.
4) This growing dominance is given extra institutional weight by the quasi-caliphal role that the Saudis have assumed as the custodians of the holy sites of Mecca and Medina, bestowing on them a pseudo-legitimacy that obscures the sectarian nature of Wahhabism.
The preachers were said to be followers of the hardline Wahhabism branch of Islam, which originates from Saudi Arabia.
That situation did not last long, however, because the Saudis decided to create an American Islamic establishment based on the radical doctrines of Wahhabism.
But Mandelbaum, usually described as "the Johns Hopkins foreign policy expert," quickly became Friedman's go-to metaphor dispenser, issuing pithy and grammatically flawless bon mots on an impressively broad range of topics, including Saudi Wahhabism ("Either we get rid of our minivans or Saudi Arabia gets rid of its textbooks"), China's entry into the World Trade Organization ("Some things are in the national interest even though the Chamber of Commerce believes them"), Iraq's insurgents ("the real fascists, the real colonialists, the real imperialists of our age"),Jacques Chirac ("France, it seems, would rather be more important in a world of chaos than less important in a world of order"), and American energy independence ("This is not just a win-win, this is a win-win-win-win-win").