Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.

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  • n. an adherent of the puritanical reform movement that arose in 18th century Arabia

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  • n. 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

Etymologies

Arabic وهابي (wahhābiy, "Wahabi"), from وهب (wáhaba, "to give, to endow"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • False claims that Obama is Muslim, that he trained to overthrow the government and that he was educated in Wahhabi schools are a standard part of the political discussion.

    mjh's blog — 2008 — October

  • Al – Asir (Ophir) at Bissel and in Wahhabi-land and put the

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • According to Haykel, the watch placement conveyed to a Muslim audience that bin Laden and his aides were Salafi Muslims (often called by the derogatory term Wahhabi), who adhere as closely as possible to the written text of the Quran.

    Decoding Bin Laden

  • It used to be taboo to even mention the word Wahhabi in print, and if you said it in conversation almost any Saudi would deny it existed as a separate school of thought.

    Saudis Re-Examine an Islamic Doctrine Cited by Militants

  • SCHWARTZ: Oh, I don ` t think that -- I have to say, honestly, that on September 22nd, when my article came out in "The London Spectator" explaining the Wahhabi background of the bin Laden movement and saying really that the problem began in Saudi Arabia -- I have a sense -- an immodest thing for me to say, but I have the sense that until then, virtually nobody in the United States or Western Europe had any sense that the word Wahhabi meant anything, what it was, who they were or what relevance it had.

    The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa�ud from Tradition to Terror

  • King Fahd Mosque has attracted a number of what the press terms Wahhabi, a name its members generally dislike.

    Julia Gorin: Utah Paper Reassures Americans by Interviewing Moderately Violent Bosnian Imam

  • The main author of the religious curriculum is Sheikh Saleh al-Fawazan, described as a Wahhabi extremist who advocates slavery and believes elections are un-Islamic.

    Saudi textbooks ‘demonise west’

  • "Their so-called Wahhabi teachings are completely alien to our traditions and to the essence of Islam, which is a tolerant and inclusive religion," said Rexhepi.

    Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)

  • Aside from political corruption, and other most daunting problematic challenges Nigeria faces as a nation is how to curb the clout and philosophy of a non reformists Salafiyya movement better known as the Wahhabi sect on the country's political, economy, social and religious fabrics.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • I don't think the bush administration can make the argument that Saudi ideology is very much the basic ideology of al Qaeda extremists and that -- you know, kids who grow up in Saudi schools and individuals who go to Saudi mosques and even Muslims or non-Muslims in the rest of the world who are exposed to Wahhabi, that is to say, Saudi missionizers, can't help but get the message that non-Muslims are to be hated, if not actually acted violently against.

    CNN Transcript Sep 14, 2003

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