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Title: The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
Authors: Commins, David
Keywords: The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Description: What is the Wahhabi mission? To answer that question is to risk taking a position on a controversy that has divided Muslims for more than two centuries. A neutral observer could define the Wahhabi mission as the religious reform movement associated with the teachings of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703–1792). He and his followers believe that they have a religious obligation to spread the call (in Arabic, da’wa) for a restoration of pure monotheistic worship. Thus, the mission’s devotees contend that ‘Wahhabism’ is a misnomer for their efforts to revive correct Islamic belief and practice. Instead of the Wahhabi label, they prefer either salafi, one who follows the ways of the first Muslim ancestors (salaf), or muwahhid, one who professes God’s unity. On the other hand, a Muslim critic would say that Wahhabism is a deviant sectarian movement started by an ambitious, misguided religious leader from a remote part of Arabia that has spawned heretical movements since early Islam.
ISBN: 978 1 84511 080 2
Appears in Collections:African Studies

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