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Wahhabism

Berger, L 2012, 'Wahhabism' , in: Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia , SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks.

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    Abstract

    The term ‘Wahhabism’ is derived from the name of Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab (1703-92) who lived and worked as a religious reformer in the heartland of the Arabian Peninsula. Many of those Muslims who are generally referred to as Wahhabis reject that term which for them implies that they confer a similar status to a human individual as they do to the one God. Given their particular concern with all forms of idolatry that could unduly distract from the worship of the one God they find the description as Wahhabis particularly insulting. Since ‘tawhid’, i.e. professing the oneness and uniqueness of God, is the central element of their thought, many Wahhabis thus prefer the term ‘muwahhidun’, i.e. the ones who profess God’s oneness.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Editors: Stanton, Andrea, Ramsamy, Edward, Seybolt, Peter and Elliott, Carolyn
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISBN: 9781412981767
    Depositing User: Dr Lars Berger
    Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 14:08
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:28
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/22728

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