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Introduction

  • Edlyne Eze Anugwom
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Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)

Abstract

The book, based on an extensive empirical study, re-examines and provides a fresh perspective on the Boko Haram insurgence in Nigeria. Without doubt the menace of the insurgence has been in the forefront of development discourse and public affairs in the last decade. In spite of a low-scale beginning, the insurgence has metamorphosed into a high-scale, wide-ranging insurgence bordering on terrorism. Despite the efforts of security forces, international support and a much publicized split Boko Haram has endured to pose what is perhaps the greatest challenge to Nigeria’s nationhood in recent years. Although the Northeast is the epicentre of the insurgence, the activities of the group have been felt across the country. Therefore, there is no overstating the need for a thoroughgoing examination and understanding of the peculiar characteristics of Boko Haram and the manifold threat imbued in it. Boko Haram can be theoretically explained with reference to the staircase model of radicalization in Islam and embodies a rational and systematic response to socio-political challenges framed within a radical religious idiom.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edlyne Eze Anugwom
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of Nigeria NsukkaNsukkaNigeria

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