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Under the banner of religion and preaching the unity of God and obedience to the just Muslim ruler, the Al Saud by had expanded their dominion across the peninsula from Mecca to Bahrain, installing teachers, schools, and the apparatus of state power. So successful was the alliance between the Al ash Shaykh and the Al Saud that even after the Ottoman sultan had crushed Wahhabi political authority and had destroyed the Wahhabi capital of Ad Diriyah in , the reformed religion remained firmly planted in the settled districts of southern Najd and of Jabal Shammar in the north.

It would become the unifying ideology in the peninsula when the Al Saud rose to power again in the next century. DeLong-Bas, Natana J. Rather than actively supporting or promoting this conquest, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab merely 'acceded' to it, hoping that Ibn Saud would get his fill of conquest and then focus on more important matter — those pertaining to religious reform. Opponents of the Wahhabi movement claimed religious justification for their military actions by accusing the Wahhabis of ignorance, sorcery and lies It was only at this point — when the Wahhabi community was threatened — that Ibn Abd al-Wahhab finally authorized a jihad as holy war to defend the Wahhabis.

However, even this defensive jihad remained limited in scope, as fighting was permitted only against those who had either attacked or insulted his followers directly. New York: Oxford University Press. London: C. Columbia World Dictionary of Islamism. Columbia University Press. The history of the Al Sa'ud dynasty is, therefore, one of political expansion based on the Wahhabi doctrine. After the conclusion of the pact of , Muhammad Ibn Sa'ud, who at the time ruled only the Najd village of Dir'iya, embarked on the conquest of neighboring settlements, destroying idols and obliging his new subjects to submit to Wahhabi Islam.

Archived from the original on 11 February Retrieved 8 September Salibi 25 December The Modern History of Jordan. Ibrahim's ruthless prosecution of the war, al-Dir'iyya's leveling and the exile of the emirate's political and religious leadership gave the same impression to a sojourning European as it did to Arabian Bedouins and townsmen: The Saudi emirate and the Wahahbi mission had been crushed once and for all. Wahhabism retained hegemony over Najd's religious life because of the political shelter provided by Saudi power.

In turn, the Saudi realm could maintain its independence vis-a-vis Istanbul because of physical and technological factors: Its geographical isolation, its lack of valuable resources, the limits of nineteenth-century communications, transportation and military technologies made conquest and pacification too costly for both Cairo and Istanbul.

These outside powers decided to leave the Saudis alone so long as they did not revive the first amirate's impulse for expansion through jihad and refrained from attacking Hijaz, Iraq and Syria. Outside of al-Qasim, the Rashidis left Wahhabi ulama in place a qadis throughout Najd, including the amirate's capital Ha'il. By the s, generations of Najdi townsmen had lived in a Wahhabi milieu. The strict monotheistic doctrine had been naturalized as the native religious culture. Archived from the original on 3 March In , they therefore took an oath that they would work together to achieve this end.

Beirut: Dar Sidir. Wahhabism: a Critical Essay. Islamic Publications International. The Wells of Ibn Sa'ud. Saudi Arabia: the Shape of Client Feudalism. Since the foundation of the modern kingdom of Saudi Arabia in , there has been a close relationship between the Saudi ruling family and the Wahhabi religious establishment.

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Thereafter, Wahhabi clerics were integrated into the new kingdom's religious and political establishment, and Wahhabi ideas formed the basis of the rules and laws adopted to govern social affairs in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism also shaped the kingdom's judicial and educational policies. Saudi schoolbooks historically have denounced teachings that do not conform to Wahhabist beliefs, an issue that remains controversial within Saudi Arabia and among outside observers. What we do know is that Ibn Saud hewed to the dynastic tradition of supporting Wahhabi ulama and giving them control over religious institutions.

At the same time, he tempered Wahhabi zeal when he felt that it clashed with the demands of consolidating power in Hijaz and al-Hasa or the constraints of firmer international boundaries maintained by the era's dominant power in the region, Great Britain. Simply put, political considerations trumped religious idealism.

The same principle governed Ibn Saud's approach to adopting modern technology, building a rudimentary administrative framework and signing the oil concession with the Americans. Wahhabi ulama ordered the demolition of several Shiite mosques and took over teaching and preaching duties at the remaining mosques in order to convert the population The intensive phase of Wahhabi coercion lasted about one year.

When ibn Saud decided to curb the Ikhwan, he permitted the shiites to drive away Wahhabi preachers. Ibn Saud designated local dignitaries in Mecca and Jeddah to enforce loosely the Wahhabi prohibition of tobacco, alcohol, playing cards and the phonograph. The outcome of this approach was the preservation of a more relaxed atmosphere in Hijaz than in Najd. Standards would stiffen when Ibn Saud arrived for the pilgrimage with a retinue of Wahhabi ulama and then slacken with his departure In another sign of Ibn Saud's willingness to disregard Wahhabi sensibilities, he allowed Shiites to perform the pilgrimage.

Cambridge University Press. Wars of the World". Globe University. Retrieved 29 April They attacked Ibn Sa'ud for introducing such innovations as telephones, automobiles, and the telegraph and for sending his son to a country of unbelievers Egypt. Despite Ibn Sa'ud's attempts to mollify the Ikhwan by submitting their accusations to the religious scholars 'ulama' , they provoked an international incident by destroying an Iraqi force that had violated a neutral zone established by Great Britain and Ibn Sa'ud between Iraq and Arabia —28 ; the British bombed Najd in retaliation.

Ibn Atiq considered the first category, those who willingly fall in with the idolaters to be infidels Those in the second category are not infidels but sinners because they stay with idolaters for the sake of wealth or preserving family ties; Those in the third category are free of any blame. They openly practise religion or are compelled to reside among idolaters For the rest of the nineteenth century strict enforcement of this aversion to mixing with idolaters — and in Wahhabi terms, most Muslims fell into that category — would remain the norm of in Wahhabi discourse.

Ahl-i Hadith scholars and Wahhabis agreed that Sufis and Shiites were not true believers. The movement also shared with the Wahhabis that desire to revive the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya and a tendency to express intolerance toward other Muslims Ahl-i Hadith preachers compared Delhi's Muslims to idolaters.

Rashid Rida d. After a visit to the newly conquered Hijaz, he published a work praising the Saudi ruler as the savior of the Haramayn and a practitioner of authentic Islamic rule and, two years later, an anthology of Wahhabi treatises. It is, then perhaps, not surprising that persons of salafi tendency Abou El Fadl, Khaled Rida's liberal ideas and writings were fundamentally inconsistent with Wahhabism, and this is why after Rida's death, the Wahhabis regularly condemned and maligned Rida. By the early s, Saudi Arabia was by no means a modern state Nevertheless, the twin pressures of controlling regions outside the Wahhabi heartland and navigating the currents of regional politics led him to take steps that punctured the seal between the internal land of belief and the outside land of idolatry.

It was in the bosom of this organization, intended to eclipse all other supranational Islamic organizations, that a closer association between leading Salafis and Wahhabis came into being. Its constituent council, which met for the first time in December , was headed by the then chief mufti of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad b. Ibrahim Al al-Shaykh, a lineal descendant of Muhammad b.

Abd al-Wahhab, and the presidency remains to this day vested in the Saudi chief mufti. Included among its eight other members were important representatives of the Salafi tendency: Sa'id Ramadan, son-in-law of Hasan al-Banna Maulana Abu l-A'la Maududi Maulanda Abu 'l-Hasan Nadvi d. In accordance with statute, the head of the league's secretariat has always been a Saudi citizen, the first to occupy the post being Muhammad Surur al-Sabban.

Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Then, the book [ The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia ] widens its focus to embrace the world beyond Arabia and to demonstrate how the Wahhabis and Islamic revivalists in the world beyond, members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the Ahl-i Hadith and the Jamaat-i Island, found common cause in their rejection of the West and its ways which were so deleterious of Muslim piety and values. The League also sent missionaries to West Africa, where it funded schools, distributed religious literature and gave scholarships to attend Saudi religious universities.

These efforts bore fruit in Nigeria's Muslim northern region with the creation of a movement the Izala Society dedicated to wiping out ritual innovations. Essential texts for members of the Izala Society are Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab's treatise of God's unity and commentaries by his grandsons. The decision to offer asylum to Muslim Brothers fleeing persecution at the hands of secular Arab regimes was part of an effort to consolidate the bastion of Islam against atheist currents. No one could have foreseen that the Muslim Brothers would successfully spread their ideas in the kingdom and erode Wahhabism's hegemony.

Al Jazeera. When Gamal Abdel Nasser took over Egypt in , the Muslim Brotherhood is said to have welcomed the coup, but this budding relationship did not last. An attempted assassination on Nasser in , blamed by the authorities on elements of the Brotherhood, saw the movement face a crackdown that led to the imprisonment of Qutb and other members.

In , the organisation was repressed and banned and Qutb was executed in However, it continued to grow, albeit underground. University of Georgia. In the melting pot of Arabia during the s, local clerics trained in the Wahhabite tradition joined with activists and militants affiliated with the Muslim Brothers who had been exiled from the neighboring countries of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq — then allies of Moscow.

In the s, when Faisal became king, he championed the creation of public schools across the kingdom for boys—and also girls. The largely illiterate nation had few qualified teachers, so the government dispatched emissaries abroad, mostly to Egypt and Jordan, to recruit teachers with substantive skills who also were devout Muslims.

When Nasser, a nationalist strongman and sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, turned on his country's conservative Muslim Brotherhood, King Faisal welcomed those religious conservatives into Saudi Arabia as scholars and teachers, reinforcing the fundamentalist hold on the young Ministry of Education, founded in under his predecessor and half-brother, King Saud. The ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood were similar to those of the Salafis and also of the dawah wahhabiya Wahhabi mission — to reestablish the order of Allah and to bring about the perfect Islamic states.

But the rhetoric of the Brotherhood dealt in change-promoting concepts like social justice, anticolonialism, and the equal distribution of wealth. Politically they were prepared to challenge the establishment in a style that was unthinkable to mainstream Wahhabis, who were reflexively deferential to their rulers, and enablers, the House of Saud.

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It was heady stuff for the young students of Jeddah, taking the Wahhabi values they had absorbed in childhood and giving them a radical, but still apparently safe, religious twist. They had learned of jihad at school as an instantly romantic concept — part of history. Now they were hearing of its practical possibility today, and they could even make personal contact with jihad in the barrel-chested shape of Abdullah Azzam, who gave lectures in both Jeddah and Mecca in the early s.

The Saudi government had welcomed ideologues like Azzam and Mohammed, the surviving Qutub, to the Kingdom as pious reinforcement against the atheistic, Marxist-tinged thinking of their Middle Eastern neighborhood. But in the process they were exposing young Saudi hearts and minds to a still more potent virus — hands-on, radical Islam. Belknap Press. Within the kingdom itself, the Muslim Brothers obeyed the prohibition on proselytizing to Saudi subjects [but] Methodically but without fanfare, the Brothers took control of Saudi Arabia's intellectual life, publishing books that extended their influence among educators and generally making themselves politically useful while obeying the orders that kept them away from the pulpits.

Stephane Lacroix, a Saudi expert at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, sums up the battle over education in Saudi Arabia: 'The education system is so controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, it will take 20 years to change — if at all. Islamists see education as their base so they won't compromise on this. The content analysis reveals both Wahhabi doctrine and Muslim Brothers themes.

In fact, the Muslim Brother imprint on this sample of Saudi schoolbooks is striking. Apparently members of the organization secured positions in the Ministry of Education, which they used to propagate their ideas. It is instead a part of contemporary jihadist tendency that evolved from the teachings of Sayyid Qutb… in other words; Al-Qaeda belongs to an offshoot of twenty-first century Muslim revivalist ideology, not Wahhabism.

Exactly how and when these elements combined has not yet been established beyond the common knowledge that Saudi Arabia opened its doors to members of the Muslim Brothers fleeing repression by secular regimes in Egypt and Syrian in the later s and s They spread their ideas by occupying influential positions in educational institutions and circulating their literature. This blend of traditionalists and modern Islamist militants served the kingdom's interests well at first, because it countered the threat of a 'progressive', pro-Soviet Islam — the brand preached at Al Azhar University in Egypt during the Nasser regime.

But eventually this volatile mixture would explode in the Saudis' hands. Harcourt Brace Javonovich. According to Ottaway, the king boasted on his personal Web site that he established Islamic colleges, Islamic centers, mosques, and schools for Muslim children in non-Islamic nations. The late king also launched a publishing center in Medina that by had distributed million copies of the Koran worldwide. Combating Terrorism Center. Retrieved 5 June Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by. Harvard University Press. The summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference at Taif, Saudi Arabia, in January , which had reached a consensus on the idea of launching a jihad for the liberation of Jerusalem and Palestine, refused to do the same for Afghanistan.

Instead, it confined itself to calling on all Islamic states to cooperate with the UN secretary general in bringing an end to a situation that was 'prejudicial to the Afghan people. Tehran's efforts to export the revolution through leaflets, radio broadcasts and tape cassettes castigating Al Saud for corruption and hypocrisy found a receptive audience in the Eastern Province. On 28 November, Saudi Shia summoned the courage to break the taboo on public religious expression by holding processions to celebrate the Shia holy day of Ashura [ Crowds attacked banks and vehicles and hoisted placards with Khomeini's picture.

On the one hand, leading Shiite activists were arrested. On the other, a high official from the Interior Ministry met with Shiite representatives and acknowledged that Riyadh had neglected the region's development needs. The New York Times. It is important to emphasize, however, that the rebels were not literally a reincarnation of the Ikhwan and to underscore three distinct features of the former: They were millenarians, they rejected the monarchy and they condemned the wahhabi ulama.

But the s iteration of this tradition, the religious leaders called upon by the royal family to reestablish moral order were not Wahhabite clerics but were rather sahwa militants whose belief system was a hybrid of Salafism and Qutbist thought and whose allegiances lay outside the Saudi kingdom. Khaled had come to agree with the sheikhs. Foreign influences and bida'a were the problem. The solution to the religious upheaval was simple — more religion. Retrieved 20 March Iraq's 2 August invasion of Kuwait.

Saddam Hussein's annexation of the oil-rich amirate alarmed Riyadh and Washington, in large measure because his intentions were unclear: Did he intend to push south to seize the oil fields in Saudi Arabia's Eastern province. For the Muslim Saudi monarchy to invite non-Muslim American troops to fight against Muslim Iraqi soldiers was a serious violation of Islamic law. Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 19 April Penguin Books. In contemporary Wahhabism there are two broad factions. One is publicly supportive of the House of Saud, and will endorse any policy decision reached by the Saudi government and provide scriptural justification for it.

The second believe that the House of Saud should be forcibly removed and the wahhabi clerics should take charge. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda are from the second school. According to the militants, there were, however, two kinds of salafist, as they defined them. The sheikists had replaced the adoration of Allah with the idolatry of the oil sheiks of the Arabian peninsula, with the Al Saud family at their head. Their theorist was Abdelaziz bin Baz They had to be striven against and eliminated.

Confronted by the sheikist traitors, the jihadist-salafists had a similarly supercilious respect for the sacred texts in their most literal form, but they combined it with an absolute commitment to jihad, whose number-one target had to be America, perceived as the greatest enemy of the faith. Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.


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Retrieved 30 April A few days later another article appeared delivering the same verdict. Prince Talal bin Abdul Aziz The sheikhs and ulama had very valuable advice to offer, wrote the prince, but it was no more than that—advice.


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They should not consider that they were among 'those who govern'. Turki's bid for a direct role in Saudi government was firmly slapped down, and the reverend doctor did not argue back. Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 26 September Saudi citizens account for two-thirds of employment in the high-paying, comfortable public sector, but only one-fifth of employment in the more dynamic private sector, according to the International Monetary Fund PDF. Saudi Gazette. Archived from the original on 6 October In —, Saudi cities were the scene of a wave of suicide bombings, killings of westerners and gun battles between Saudi security forces and militants At present, the indications are not good for true believers in Wahhabi doctrine.

But as its history demonstrates, the doctrine has survived crises before. Carnegie Endowment. Retrieved 22 July When Saudi intellectuals began worrying aloud that Saudi mosques and schools were fostering hatred of non-Wahhabists among young men, the religious establishment — which ensures that the kingdom follows a strictly puritanical interpretation of Islamic law — reacted with righteous anger, as if its social authority were under threat.

Prince Nayef defended the religious establishment and blamed instead a foreign import — the Muslim Brotherhood, the radical Islamic political organization founded in Egypt in the s — for the kingdom's problems. For years, Saudi Arabia sheltered and embraced the Brotherhood activists, and now, Prince Nayef told the press, the Brotherhood had turned against the Saudis and were destroying the Arab world.

Hopes to Work With Diverse Group". Retrieved 28 November Retrieved 8 November The Guardian. John M. The New Yorker. Waqf Ikhlas Publications. Archived from the original PDF on 9 May Daniel Pipes. The Economist. Retrieved 11 June Wahhabi influence in Saudi Arabia, however, remained tangible in the physical conformity in dress, in public deportment, and in public prayer. Most significantly, the Wahhabi Legacy was manifest in the social ethos that presumed government responsibility for the collective moral ordering of society, from the behavior of individuals, to institutions, to businesses, to the government itself.

Saudi Arabia Exposed. Their resentment of the rich, combined with their freedom of action, results in a dangerous combination and adds to the hardline religious social atmosphere sanctioned by Wahhabi doctrine, which is spread by clerics in the mosques and teachers in the schools, and which guides the verdicts handed down by Wahhabi 'justice' in the courts. Wahhabism is noted for its policy of compelling its own followers and other Muslims strictly to observe the religious duties of Islam, such as the five prayers, under pain of flogging at one time, and for enforcement of public morals to a degree not found elsewhere.

Ibn Taymiyya and Abdul Wahhab counseled the strictest possible application of sharia in the most minuscule aspects of daily life and the use of coercion on subjects who did not conform to dogma.

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As Wahhabism began to exert its influence, a religious militia, the mutawaa — bearded men armed with cudgels and today, riding in shiny SUVs — was organized in Saudi Arabia to close down shops and office at prayer times five times a day. Wahhabis regularly flogged the residents of territories under their control for listening to music, shaving their beards, wearing silk or gold this applied to men only , smoking, playing backgammon, chess, or cards, or failing to observe strict rules of sex segregation; and they destroyed all the shrines and most of the Muslim historical monuments found in Arabia.

Palgrave Macmillan. Culture Shock! Saudi Arabia. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company. Archived from the original on 21 March Falling Off the Edge of the World. The Taliban, despite their similarity to Wahhabis, never destroyed the graves of pirs holy men and emphasised dreams as a means of revelation, which is not a Wahhabi trait. Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab condemned many traditions, practices and beliefs that were an integral part of the religious and cultural consciousness of the Muslim community.

Archived from the original on 12 March Islam Daily. Archived from the original on 26 July Retrieved 22 March The fatwa banned the giving of flowers when visiting the sick in the hospital. The ruling observed: "It is not the habit of Muslims to offer flowers to the sick in hospital. This is a custom imported from the land of the infidels by those whose faith is weak.

Therefore it is not permitted to deal with flowers in this way, whether to sell them, buy them or offer them as gifts. Soccer was haram forbidden , in his view, like many sports Everywhere Juhayman looked he could detect bidaa — dangerous and regrettable innovations. The Salafi Group That Commands Right and Forbids Wrong was originally intended to focus on moral improvement, not on political grievances or reform. But religion is politics and vice versa Therefore, using words like foul or penalty kick is forbidden.

The country's grand mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al Ashaikh, rejected that fatwa and called on the religious police to track down and prosecute its author. Nine Parts of Desire. Because of their different physiological structures and biological functions, each sex is assigned a role to play in the family If he cannot gain enough to support the family However: 1.

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The wife has the right to discontinue working whenever she pleases. New York Review of Books. Wahhabi doctrines and practices were imposed by the conquests although in a progressively gentler form as more urban areas passed into Saudi control. This was particularly true of the Hejaz, with its more cosmopolitan traditions and the traffic of pilgrims which the new rulers could not afford to alienate. Thus, although the sound of a trumpet calling reveille in Mecca when it was newly conquered was enough to cause riot among the Wahhabi soldiers — music was forbidden — such that only energetic intervention on the part of the young Prince Faysal, later King, prevented a massacre, today music flows freely over the radio and television.

The sign of changing times in Saudi Arabia is that the exigencies of the modern world and pragmatism have opened the door to accepting the legal precedents of the other schools. Retrieved 20 August Luxuriant beards were and are the most famous badge of Salafi conviction, based on a traditional belief, which some scholars dispute, that the Prophet never trimmed his beard The other badge is a shortened thobe, because the Prophet did not let his clothes brush the ground.

Washington Post Foreign Service. In Michael Wolfe ed. Grove Press. The ambitions of the Muslim Brotherhood were similar to those of the Salfis and also of the dawah wahhabiya Wahhabi mission — to reestablish the order of Allah and to bring about the perfect Islamic states. Official Egyptian correspondence expressed sectarian hostility to the Najdi reform movement , Commins, David Nevertheless, significant differences separate the Najdi movement from the modern revivalist agenda because the former stemmed from Muhammad ibn Ad al-wahhab's distinctive views on doctrine, where as the Muslim Brothers were a reaction against European domination and cultural invasion.

The Wahhabi leadership of the World Muslim League made it an instrument for exporting the Najdi doctrine. The Eastern Province home to the oil reserves and to the perennially ill-used and unhappy Shiite minority and the Hejaz site of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina with their more open, international outlook both resent the overwhelming dominance of religious conservatives from the Najd, home of the Al Saud, at all levels of national governance.

Asir, and the tribal population in that region, like the liberals of the Hijaz and the Shiites of the Eastern Province, have always been reluctant partners in the Saudi state. As with the merchants of the Hijaz and al-Jouf, the tribes of Asir have never fully embraced Wahhabi doctrine. Periodic local rebellions, and a low-level struggle to keep alive a regional identity, are both testimony to that Wahhabism: Qatar Challenges Saudi Arabia".

Middle East Online. Retrieved 28 April Qatar, the only other country whose native population is Wahhabi and that adheres to the Wahhabi creed. Engaging the Muslim World. Retrieved 28 May Young American Muslims: Dynamics of Identity. Edinburgh University Press. Abdul-Wahhab was a proponent of Ijtihad, as were the leading reformers of the Salafi movement in Egypt.

But it nevertheless remains thoroughly Athari in nature. State University of New York Press. Those who opted out of affiliation with the Ash'aris and Maturidis are often referred to as merely a group of Hanbalis [ Their school is generally associated with an insistence on avoiding the use of rational argumentation in matters of belief, and a reliance solely on transmitted content Qur'an and Hadith.

Esposito, Emad El-Din Shahin, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Most Muslims throughout history have accepted the position that declaring this profession of faith [the shahada] makes one a Muslim. He argued that the criterion for one's standing as either a Muslim or an unbeliever was correct worship as an expression of belief in one God. One of the peculiar features of the debate between Wahhabis and their adversaries is its apparently static nature Tarikh najd. Library of Congress. It is common for writers on Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab to assert that he sought a social renewal of Arabia, but that characterization is never given specific substance, unless one considers ritual correctness and moral purity to constitute such renewal.

The problem with such generalizations is they encourage facile comparisons with modern revivalist movements, when in fact Najd's eighteenth-century reformer would have found key elements in Hasan al-Banna's writings utterly alien. Ibn Abd al-Wahhab produced no unprecedented opinions and Saudi authorities today regard him not as a mujtahid in fiqh [independent thinker in jurisprudence], but rather in da'wa or religious reawakening This is a crucial point. One of the myths about Wahhabism is that its distinctive character stems from its affiliation with the supposedly 'conservative' or 'strict' Hanbali legal school.

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If that were the case, how could we explain the fact that the earliest opposition to Ibn Abd al-Wahhab came from other Hanbali scholars? Or that a tradition of anti-Wahhabi Hanbalism persisted into the nineteenth century? As an expert on law in Saudi Arabia notes, Ibn Abd al-Wahhab produced no unprecedented opinions and Saudi authorities today regard him not as a mujtahid in fiqh [independent thinker in jurisprudence], but rather in da'wa or religious reawakening… The Wahhabis' bitter differences with other Muslims were not over fiqh [jurisprudence] rules at all, but over aqida, or theological positions.

Martin, ed. Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. Among the innovations condemned by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab was the centuries-long heritage of jurisprudence fiqh that coalesced into four Sunni schools of law and many schools of Shi'ism. The Wahhabiyya considered themselves the true Sunnis and acknowledged their affinity to the Hanbali legal tradition. Yet they rejected all jurisprudence that in their opinion did not adhere strictly to the letter of the Qur'an and the hadith, even that of Ibn Hambal and his students.

The Wahhabis are often said to 'belong' to the Hanbali School of Law madhhab , but strictly speaking, like the Ahl al-Hadith A Conflicts Forum Monograph. It is significant that whenever the term 'Muslims' occurs in Uthman b. But the Wahhabi dismissal of all Muslims other than themselves as non-believers is of more than historical significance. Discreetly concealed over the years because of a variety of factors —above all the desire of the Saudi regime to portray itself as a protector of Muslim interests, despite abundant evidence to the contrary — this attitude of monopolistic rejection continues to inform the attitudes to Muslims held by contemporary Wahhabis and those under their influence, even when not fully articulated.

Islam in the World. Archived from the original PDF on 18 April Wahhabi Muslims believe that their sect is the real true form of Islam, and that pretty much any other kind of way of practicing Islam is wrong. My Saudi students gave me some of their core texts from university classes.

They complained that regardless of their subject of study, they were compelled to study 'Thaqafah Islamiyyah' Islamic Culture I read these texts very closely: entire pages were devoted to explaining to undergraduates that all forms of Islam except Wahhabism were deviation. Wisdom Blow. Retrieved 1 April Saudi textbooks are filled with references to hate; the Islamic Studies curriculum in the country is simply barbaric. I've experienced first-hand being taught by an Islamic Studies teacher in one of the most prominent private schools in Riyadh, about the dangers of having non-Muslims as friends and about the evil conspiracies hatched by Christians, Jews and Shias.

Significantly, Abd al-Wahhab also insisted that it was a sign of spiritual weakness for Muslims to care for or be interested in non-Muslim beliefs or practices. Furthermore, this enmity and hostility of Muslims toward non-Muslims and heretical had to be visible and unequivocal. For example, it was forbidden for a Muslim to be the first to greet a non-Muslim, and even if a Muslim returned a greeting, a Muslim should never wish a non-Muslim peace.

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Everyone involved in the public debate about Saudi Arabia's role in the Muslim world should read this book. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont. His analysis of 19th century Wahhabi thought demonstrates the interplay between religion and politics during this critical time, setting the stage for the 20th century founding of the contemporary Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Please sign in to write a review. If you have changed your email address then contact us and we will update your details.

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Muslim critics have dismissed this conservative interpretation of Islam that is the official creed of Saudi Arabia as an unorthodox innovation that manipulated a suggestible people to gain political influence. David Commins' book questions this assumption. He examines the debate on the nature of Wahhabism, and offers original findings on its ascendance in Saudi Arabia and spread throughout other parts of the Muslim world such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. He also assesses the challenge that radical militants within Saudi Arabia pose to the region, and draws conclusions which will concern all those who follow events in the Kingdom.

Gregory Gause, University of Vermont ""David Commins' work makes major contributions toward understanding the historical development of Wahhabism, particularly in the 19th century. Added to basket. Greetings from Bury Park. Sarfraz Manzoor. Tariq Ramadan. Ayesha at Last.