Iranian Shiite Institutions and the spread of Shiism in Ghana.

Mohammed Hashiru

Abstract


Since the 1979 revolution of Khomeini in Iran, the guiding principle of the foreign policy makers had always been the deliberate attempt to export the revolution to the entire Muslim countries and the world at large. Foreign policy experts have always maintained that despite the changing nature of the Iranian foreign policy from Khatami to Ahmadinejad, Shiism remained the guiding instrument of the foreign policy of Iran. In the Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq attempts made to export shiism through the activities of the Iranian government met with hard resistance by the government of the day. In Africa, the presidency of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana’s membership with Iran in the Non-Alignment Movement among other things prepared the atmosphere for the establishment of diplomatic relations with Africa. Since its inception in Africa, countries like Senegal, Morocco and Comoros have had sour relations with Iran due to the host states’ accusation of Iran for spreading Shiism in their countries. In Ghana however, Iran enjoys swift operations and thus spreads shiism through their established institutions such as the Islamic university, the Ahlul Bayt seminary, Iranian Agriculture programs among others.


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