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The Boko Haram reader : from Nigerian preachers to the Islamic state

Author: Abdulbasit Kassim; Michael Nwankpa; David Cook
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abdulbasit Kassim; Michael Nwankpa; David Cook
ISBN: 0190908300 9780190908300
OCLC Number: 1022717915
Description: xvi, 529 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one. Nigerian preachers (2006-2008) --
Part two. Reaching a verdict (2008-2009) --
Part three. Making Nigeria ungovernable (2009-2012) --
Part four. Boko Haram state (2013-2015) --
Part five. West African Islamic state (2015-2016).
Responsibility: Abdulbasit Kassim, Michael Nwankpa (editors) ; with an introduction by Professor David Cook.

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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 legitimization, 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.

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