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Wahhabism and the Qurʾān
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The eighteenth century revival and reform movement founded by the scholar and jurist Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Wahhāb (d. 1206/1792), in the Arabian peninsula. Based on the central qurʾānic concept of tawḥīd (absolute monotheism), Wahhabism called for a direct return to the Qurʾān and ḥadīth for study and interpretation (see sunna; ḥadīth and the qurʾān; tools for the study of the qurʾān).

Ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhāb considered the Qurʾān and ḥadīth to be the only infallible (see impeccability ) and authoritative sources of scripture with the Qurʾān, as the revealed word of God (q.v.), holding abso…

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DeLong-Bas, Natana J., “Wahhabism and the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00450>

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