One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703–92). It advocates a return to the early Islam of the Koran and Sunna, rejecting later innovations; the sect is still the predominant religious force in Saudi Arabia.
- ‘He founded the Wahhabi sect of Islam, which is still followed in Saudi Arabia.’
- ‘The majority of the citizens and the ruling family are Sunni Muslims, specifically Wahhabis.’
- ‘The rise of a Shiite-dominated Iraq supported by American power could well create new alliances between Sunnis and Wahhabis.’
- ‘It stays in power through a bargain with the conservative Wahhabi Muslim religious establishment.’
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