- a follower of ʿAbd al-Wahhab (1703–1792), who stringently opposed all practices not sanctioned by the Koran. The Wahhabis, founded in the 18th century, are the most conservative Muslim group and are today found mainly in Saudi Arabia.
Also Wa·ha·bi, Wah·ha·bee, Wah·ha·bite, Wa·ha·bite [wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] /wəˈhɑ baɪt, wɑ-/.
Origin of Wahhabi
1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for wahhabi
“I thought in Europe they would abandon Wahhabi teachings,” she say.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
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Not since the Saudi and Wahhabi sack of Najaf and Kerbala in 1806 has sectarian violence in the Middle East been this extreme.Zarqawism Lives: Iraq’s al Qaeda Nightmare Is Back
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The two Wahhabi states do work together albeit with some friction in Syria.Saudi Arabia Cheers the Coup in Egypt
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Hejazis in the west and Shia in the east resent the strict Wahhabi lifestyle in the Nejd central desert.With Prince Muqrin’s Appointment, Saudi Succession Crisis Looms
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Perhaps the ultra-Orthodox Jews behind Der Tzitung newspaper could learn something from the Wahhabi kingdom.Oops! Sorry for Erasing Hillary
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From another part of the Mosque comes the reply: “Ay, he is a Wahhabi.”
Here it asks, “We would like to know if the speaker be a Wahhabi.”
We remembered p. 20that we were among Wahhabi fanatics, and we began to be very much alarmed.
This affair contributed much to the extension and renown of the Wahhabi power; and offers of submission came in from all sides.
It would have been curious to ascertain whether Obeyd wore a plain unjewelled weapon in keeping with Wahhabi austerity.A Pilgrimage to Nejd, Vol. 1 [of 2]
- 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