Definition of Wahhabi in English:

Wahhabi

(also Wahabi)

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘It stays in power through a bargain with the conservative Wahhabi Muslim religious establishment.’
    • ‘The rise of a Shiite-dominated Iraq supported by American power could well create new alliances between Sunnis and Wahhabis.’

Pronunciation

Wahhabi

/wəˈhɑːbi/