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Alex Thurston

agencies. Shekau is the official leader of a violent organization known informally in Hausa as Boko Haram (“Western culture/education is forbidden by Islam”) and formally in Arabic as Ahl al-Sunna li-’l-Daʿwa wa-’l-Jihād (“Sunnis for Daʿwa and Jihad”). 1 Albānī Zaria, a well-known Salafi leader, had

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Benjamin N. Lawrance

At the close of 2014, it is perhaps now time to recognize that the schoolgirl kidnapping drama has entered a second and much broader stage. The “threat” of Boko Haram now operates domestically and globally as a powerful meme against which resonate potential jeopardies about Nigeria specifically

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Boko Haram is a Hausa expression meaning Western education is religiously forbidden for Muslims. In summer 2009 the Islamic group advocating this view came to public attention after their violent clashes with Nigerian security forces. Since then, observers and commentators have been puzzled by

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Abdelwahab El-Affendi and Salisu Gumel

Even by its own standards of notoriety, Boko Haram’s April 14, 2014 abduction of about 300 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School at Chibok in the north-eastern Borno State of Nigeria, (Tribune 2014) was a mega-shock. Still more shocking was the video broadcast made later that month by

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What Happened to the Chibok Girls?

Gender, Islam, and Boko Haram

Daniel Jordan Smith

After Boko Haram abducted over 200 girls from a school in Chibok in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014, it seemed the world had finally begun to take notice of the group’s violent actions and the tragic consequences for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians. Symbolized by the

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The International Criminal Court and the Nigerian Crisis

An Inquiry into the Boko Haram Ideology and Practices from an Islamic Law Perspective

Mohamed Elewa Badar, ElSayed M. A. Amin and Noelle Higgins

July 2012, and gathered information on the attacks which had been attributed to Boko Haram. 3 Following on from this mission, the otp determined that there was a reasonable basis to believe that since 2009 Boko Haram has committed acts constituting the crimes against humanity of murder under Article

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Edited by Dieter H. Kollmer, Torsten Konopka and Martin Rink

Der mit äußerster Brutalität geführte Bürgerkrieg in der Zen-tralafrikanischen Republik und die Aktivitäten der nigerianischen Terrororganisation »Boko Haram« haben in den vergangenen Jahren eine Region in den Fokus der Weltöffentlichkeit gerückt, die in den Medien nur selten Beach-tung findet.
Der vorliegende Band verschafft das notwendige Hintergrundwissen, ohne das die aktuellen Entwicklungen in dieser Region nur schwer einzuordnen sind. Mit dem »Wegweiser zur Geschichte: Zentrales Afrika« führt das Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften seine erfolgreiche Buchreihe fort, die kurzgefasste, allgemeinverständliche und zuverlässige Informationen über die historischen, politischen, ökonomischen und kulturellen Zusammenhänge in Krisenzonenbieten liefern, die in den Schlagzeilen der Weltpresse auftauchen. Namhafte Fachwissenschaftler und andere ausgewiesene Sachkenner stellen die Entwicklungen bis zur Gegenwart übersichtlich dar. Alle Bände sind zudem durchgehend mit farbigen Karten und Abbildungen sowie einem Serviceteil ausgestattet.
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Busra Nisa Sarac

boko haram : Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War , London: I.B. TAURIS & Co, 2015, 233 pp., $29 (paperback), isbn : 9781784530747 It is common knowledge that the study of so-called Islamist terrorist organisations gained momentum following 9/11. The academic literature is, thus, full of definitions

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Alfredo González-Ruibal

Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa . Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018, 233 pp., ISBN 978-0-1904-9252-6 (hardcover). Boko Haram seems hardly the subject for an archaeological book and archaeologists may look like the least suited scholars to undertake an

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Possessed by the Right Hand

The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures

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Bernard K. Freamon

In Possessed by the Right Hand, the first comprehensive legal history of slavery in Islam ever offered to readers, Bernard K. Freamon, an African-American Muslim law professor, provides a penetrating analysis of the problems of slavery and slave-trading in Islamic history. After examining the issues from pre-Islamic times through to the nineteenth century, Professor Freamon considers the impact of Western abolitionism, arguing that such efforts have been a failure, with the notion of abolition becoming nothing more than a cruel illusion. He closes this ground-breaking account with an examination of the slaving ideologies and actions of ISIS and Boko Haram, asserting that Muslims now have an important and urgent responsibility to achieve true abolition under the aegis of Islamic law.