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Boko Haram

The History of an African Jihadist Movement

Alexander Thurston



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Princeton University Pres
01 September 2019
Thurston has written the definitive history of Boko Haram. By weaving a complex tapestry of politics and religion, he explains the peculiarity and potency of one of the world's most lethal jihadist insurgencies. A violent and secretive sect that was impenetrable even to experts is now laid bare. --William McCants, author of The ISIS Apocalypse.e.
By:   Alexander Thurston
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691197081
ISBN 10:   0691197083
Series:   Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alexander Thurston is visiting assistant professor of political science and comparative religion at Miami University, and the author of Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics. Twitter @sahelblog

Reviews for Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement

As balanced and comprehensive a treatment of Boko Haram as we are likely to see for many years. aEURO Robert L. Tignor, Michigan War Studies Review Thurston's account of Boko Haram's rise and how it 'interacted dynamically with the political dysfunction and economic malaise that surrounded it' is key to understanding its survival. aEURO Siona Jenkins, Financial Times Offers an authoritative take on [Boko Haram's] murky origins and wisely situates its rise within the context of Nigerian political history. aEURO Nicolas van de Walle, Foreign Affairs May well become the definitive work on the group . . . . Thurston convincingly debunks theories of Boko Haram that would deny its uniquely Nigerian nature. aEURO James H. Barnett, Weekly Standard A must for anybody interested in NigeriaaEURO (TM)s recent past as well as the dynamics of political and religious development in the larger West African region. aEURO Roman Loimeier, Africa Spectrum One of Foreign Affairs' Picks for Best of Books 2018

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