On the Origins of Wahhābism

  title={On the Origins of Wahhābism},
  author={Michael Lee Cook},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  pages={191 - 202}
  • M. Cook
  • Published 1 July 1992
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
At some time towards the middle of the twelfth/eighteenth century, the young Najdī scholar Muḥammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhāb (1115–1206/1703f–92) experienced something like a conversion. From that point on, his understanding of monotheism seems to have been such that he considered most of the professed Muslims of his day to be polytheists who should be fought till they accepted Islam. The first Wahhābī state (1158–1233/1745f–1818) was the product of the fusion of this radical vision with the… 

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