wahabi

Wahhabi

[wuh-hah-bee, wah-]
noun, plural Wahhabis. Islam.
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, Wahabi, Wahhabee, Wahhabite, Wahabite [wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] .


Origin:
1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance

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Wahhabi or Wahabi (wəˈhɑːbɪ)
 
n , pl -bis
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
 
Wahabi or Wahabi
 
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Wah'habism or Wahabi
 
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Wa'habism or Wahabi
 
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Wahabi
1807, follower of Islamic fundamentalist Abd-el-Wahhab (1691-1787), from his name, with Arabic gen. suffix -i.
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