Shia Islam in Algeria

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Shia Islam in Algeria is composed of minority Shia Muslim community of Algeria.[1][better source needed]

History and culture[edit]

Traditionally, there have been very few Shias in Algeria, except for those who were around in the Middle Ages, although there are a few native Shias and some converts. Western Algeria was part of Zaydi Shia Idrisid dynasty state when Idris II died in 828 CE.[2] The Ismaili Shia Fatimid state originated among the Kutama people of Algeria. The dynasty was founded in 909 CE by Abdullah al-Mahdi Billah, who in the late 9th century started a movement among the Kutama Berbers and managed to convert them to Shia Islam. In the Middle Ages local Berber dynasties adopted Shia Islam.[3] According to Shia sources recently, the region has allegedly seen an increasing popular interest in Shia Islam.[4]

The following Shia Muslim observances are commemorated in Algeria:[5]

Population estimates[edit]

The Shia population of Algeria is estimated to be between one half to two percent of the total Muslim population of Algeria.[citation needed] According to Pew Forum, it is less than one percent[6][dead link] while as per Imam Husayn (as) Encyclopedia the population of Shia in Algeria is around two percent of the total Muslim population of Algeria.[7][dead link]


  1. ^ "Sunni and Shia: The Worlds of Islam". 26 March 2007. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Idrisid Dynasty". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Martin Stone (1997). The agony of Algeria (illustrated ed.). London: C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. p. 145. ISBN 1850651779. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Sultan Ahmed (29 November 2005). "Mazhab-i-Ahl`ol Bayt (p) spreading increasingly in Algeria". Jafariya News Network. ALGIERS, Algeria. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Algeria 's National Holidays and other National Celebrations". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Estimated Percentage Range of Shia by Country" (PDF). Pew forum. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Shia Population in: Algeria". The AhlulBayt World Assembly. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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