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Shia Islam in Kuwait

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Shia Islam in Kuwait

Shia Islam in Kuwait constitutes 30%-40% of Kuwait's citizen population.[1][2]

In 2001, the US Department of State reported that there were 300,000 Shia Kuwaiti citizens and 820,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total thus Shias formed 36.5% of the Kuwaiti citizen population.[3] In 2002, the US Department of State reported that Shia Kuwaitis formed 30-40% of Kuwait's citizen population,[1] noting there were 525,000 Sunni citizens and 855,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total (61% Sunnis, 39% Shias).[1] In 2004, there were 300,000-350,000 Shia Kuwaiti citizens and 913,000 Kuwaiti citizens in total.[4] In 2008, the Strategic Studies Institute reported that 40% of Kuwaitis were Shias.[2]

Shiites are usually under-represented in the National Assembly parliaments although hold a few positions in the government.[5]

They founded the local armed resistance movement during the occupation of Kuwait in the Gulf War.[6][7] The Kuwaiti resistance's casualty rate far exceeded that of the coalition military forces and Western hostages.[8] The resistance predominantly consisted of ordinary citizens who lacked any form of training and supervision.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "International Religious Freedom Report".  
  2. ^ a b "The Evolution of U. S.-Turkish Relations in a Transatlantic Context" (PDF).  
  3. ^ "International Religious Freedom Report".  
  4. ^ "International Religious Freedom Report".  
  5. ^ "Shi'ites lose more than half their seats in Kuwait polls as liberals make gains". 28 Jul 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iran, Israel and the Shi'ite Crescent" (PDF). S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue. pp. 14–15. 
  7. ^ "Saddam's Security Apparatus During the Invasion of Kuwait and the Kuwaiti Resistance". The Journal of Intelligence History. Winter 2003. pp. 74–75. 
  8. ^ a b "The Kuwaiti Resistance".  
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