n Journal for Islamic Studies - A history of Shia and its development in Nigeria : the case-study of Kano

Volume 36 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



This article outlines the history of Shiism in Kano State. Most existing studies on Shiism in Nigeria focus exclusively on the political activism of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his Islamic Movement in Nigeria (formerly, Muslim Brothers). This article, on the contrary, tries to bring to light the activities of a variety of Shia actors, including Lebanese migrants, Iranian officials, and competing networks of Nigerian Shiites (Zakzaky’s IMN and Nur Dass’ Rasulul A’zam Foundation). The diversification of Shia actors – this article argues – can be explained as the result of the complexities of the social and religious space of Kano; as the reflection of changing Iranian policies over the years; or as a combination of both factors.

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