1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + -ī suffix of appurtenance (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Wahhabi
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.
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
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.
: a member of a puritanical Muslim sect founded in Arabia in the 18th century by Muhammad ibn-Abdul Wahhab and revived by ibn-Saud in the 20th century
Example sentences for Wahhabi
“I thought in Europe they would abandon Wahhabi teachings,” she say.
Not since the Saudi and Wahhabi sack of Najaf and Kerbala in 1806 has sectarian violence in the Middle East been this extreme.
The two Wahhabi states do work together albeit with some friction in Syria.
Hejazis in the west and Shia in the east resent the strict Wahhabi lifestyle in the Nejd central desert.
He was as controlling of his wives as one might expect of a strict Wahhabi Muslim, barring them from leaving home.
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.
From another part of the Mosque comes the reply: “Ay, he is a Wahhabi.”
It would have been curious to ascertain whether Obeyd wore a plain unjewelled weapon in keeping with Wahhabi austerity.
This affair contributed much to the extension and renown of the Wahhabi power; and offers of submission came in from all sides.