The Boko Haram Reader

From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State

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Editor(s): 
Abdulbasit Kassim, Michael Nwankpa
  • Oxford, England: 
    Oxford University Press
    , July
     2018.
     384 pages.
     $34.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780190908300.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Wemimo Jaiyesimi forthcoming.

Description

Since it erupted onto the world stage in 2009, people have asked, what is Boko Haram, and what does it stand for? Is there a coherent vision or set of beliefs behind it? Despite the growing literature about the group, few if any attempts have been made to answer these questions, even though Boko Haram is but the latest in a long line of millenarian Muslim reform groups to emerge in Northern Nigeria over the last two centuries. The Boko Haram Reader offers an unprecedented collection of essential texts, documents, videos, audio, and nashids (martial hymns), translated into English from Hausa, Arabic and Kanuri, tracing the group's origins, history, and evolution. Its editors, two Nigerian scholars, reveal how Boko Haram's leaders manipulate Islamic theology for the legitimisation, radicalization, indoctrination and dissemination of their ideas across West Africa. Mandatory reading for anyone wishing to grasp the underpinnings of Boko Haram's insurgency, particularly how the group strives to delegitimize its rivals and establish its beliefs as a dominant strand of Islamic thought in West Africa's religious marketplace.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Abdulbasit Kassim is a doctoral student at Rice University, focusing on African Islamic movements and international relations in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Michael Nwankpa is a doctoral candidate at the University of Roehampton, focusing on the dilemma of security, development and human rights. David Cook is associate professor of religion at Rice University and author of Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom in Islam.

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