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West African Shiism may grow but remain marginal

Friday, March 1, 2024

Significance

Adherence to Shiism remains relatively small-scale in West Africa, though numbers are difficult to pin down, and al-Zakzaky is not the only prominent Shia leader in the region.

Impacts

  • Al-Zakzaky’s Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) could benefit from its vocal defence of the Palestinian cause.
  • Outside of Nigeria, where the IMN has a tense relationship with authorities, the potential for Shia militancy in West Africa is low.
  • Persecution of Shia outside of Nigeria will likely be limited.

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