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The birth of the Islamic Reform Movement in Saudi Arabia : Muhammad Ibn 'Abd al-Wahhāb (1703/4-1792) and the beginnings of Unitarian Empire in Arabia

Author: George Rentz; William Facey
Publisher: London : Arabian Pub., 2004.
Dissertation: Originally a Ph. D. thesis--University of California at Berkeley, 1947.
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Closely basing his account on the local Najdi chroniclers who were contemporary with many of the events they describe, Rentz pieces together the life and thought of the thinker who, using as his guide orthodox Hanbalite doctrine, set out to purify Islam as he saw it practised around him, and to direct Muslims back to the original fountainhead of their faith. In the process Rentz tells the colourful story of the
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb; Muḥammad ibn ʻAbd al-Wahhāb
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Rentz; William Facey
ISBN: 095447922X 9780954479220
OCLC Number: 60667391
Description: xlii, 275 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Early Career of the Shaikh and the Founding of the State, 1115-1159 AH/AD 1703/4-1746 --
Arabia at the Beginning of the 18th Century --
Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Wahhib : The Early Years --
To al-'Uyainah and al-Dir'iyah --
The Struggle for Central Najd, 1159-1187 AH/AD 1746-1773 --
The First War Between al-Dir'iyah and al-Riyid --
More Local Opposition in Najd --
Al-Riyad, Najd and al-Ahsa', 1168-77/1754-64 --
Najrin and al-Ahsa' Invade Najd --
'Abd al-'Aziz b. Muhammad b. Su'fid : First Years as Imam, 1179-87/1765-73 --
First Contacts with the Hijaz --
Consolidation in Najd, 1187-1199 AH/AD 1773-1785 --
Najran and al-Ahsa' Repelled Again --
Southern Najd and Sudair, 1189-91/1776-8 --
The Lord of al-Ahsa' in Najd, 1191-6/1778-82 --
Najd Finally Submits --
The Last Years of the Shaikh and the Beginnings of the Expansion of Unitarianism beyond Najd,1200-1206 AH/AD 1786-1792 --
Campaigns East, North and South --
War with the Hijaz, 1204-5/1789-91 --
The Shaikh's Final Year.
Responsibility: George S. Rentz ; edited with an introduction by Willian Facey.
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