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Boko Haram : the history of an African jihadist movement

Author: Alexander Thurston
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Drawing on sources in Arabic and Hausa, rare documents, propaganda videos, press reports, and interviews with experts in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger, Alexander Thurston sheds new light on Boko Haram's development. He shows that the group, far from being a simple or static terrorist organization, has evolved in its worldview and ideology in reaction to events. Chief among these has been Boko Haram's escalating war  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Thurston, Alexander.
Boko Hram.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2017013034
(OCoLC)979534100
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Thurston
ISBN: 9781400888481 1400888484
OCLC Number: 1007291531
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 333 pages) : map
Contents: Introduction --
The lifeworld of Muhammad Yusuf --
Preaching exclusivism, playing politics --
"Chaos is worse than killing" --
Total war in northeastern Nigeria --
Same war, new actors --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Responsibility: Alexander Thurston.

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"Drawing on sources in Arabic and Hausa, rare documents, propaganda videos, press reports, and interviews with experts in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger, Alexander Thurston sheds new light on Boko Haram's development. He shows that the group, far from being a simple or static terrorist organization, has evolved in its worldview and ideology in reaction to events. Chief among these has been Boko Haram's escalating war with the Nigerian state and civilian vigilantes. The book closely examines both the behavior and beliefs that are the keys to understanding Boko Haram. Putting the group's violence in the context of the complex religious and political environment of Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, the book examines how Boko Haram relates to states, politicians, Salafis, Sufis, Muslim civilians, and Christians. It also probes Boko Haram's international connections, including its loose former ties to al-Qaida and its 2015 pledge of allegiance to ISIS." -- Publisher's description.

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A highly useful, timely, illuminating work about a little-understood terrorist group.--Kirkus "Alexander Thurston provides a well-argued and richly documented account of Boko Haram. This book will be Read more...

 
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