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Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb
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Date of Birth: 1703

Place of Birth: Al-ʿUyayna, Najd

Date of Death: 22 June 1792

Place of Death: Al-Dirʿiyya, Najd


Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb is best known as an Islamic reformer who founded Wahhābism and partnered with Muḥammad ibn Saʿūd to establish the first Saʿūdī state. Although the term ‘Wahhabi’ has now found wide acceptance, Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb used ‘Unitarian’ (muwaḥḥid) in reference to his core doctrine of divine oneness (tawḥīd…

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Leo, R.A., “Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 07 June 2020 <>

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