Shia Islam in Somalia

Shi'a Muslims form a very small minority in Somalia, which is almost entirely populated by Sunni Muslims of the Shafi school of jurisprudence (madhab).[1] The historian David Westerlund refers to both Shia and Wahhabi (Hanbali madhab) sects in Somalia as relatively recent developments.[2]


  1. Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi. Culture and customs of Somalia. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001. ISBN 0-313-31333-4, ISBN 978-0-313-31333-2. Pg 55
  2. David Westerlund, Ingvar Svanberg. Islam outside the Arab world. Palgrave Macmillan, 1999. ISBN 0-312-22691-8, ISBN 978-0-312-22691-6. Pg 41
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