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Title:Terrorism in Africa: beyond essentialism
Editor:Adibe, JideoforISNI
Periodical:African Renaissance (ISSN 1744-2532)
Geographic terms:Africa
Islamic movements
Niger Delta conflict
Abstract:This special issue brings together papers which use different perspectives to interrogate the new terrorist challenge in Africa with a focus on Boko Haram, an Islamic radical movement in northeastern Nigeria. Mohamed A. Eno, Omar A. Eno, Mohamed H. Ingiriis, and Jamal M. Haji in their contribution, 'Slavery and colonialism: the worst terrorism on Africa', discuss the contestations over definition and delineation and contend that the period of European slavery in Africa was a period of terrorism against Africans. Denise N. Baken and Ioannis Mantzikos in 'The cyber terrorism shadow networks in Africa: AQIM and Boko Haram', discuss the ability of terrorist groups in Africa to leverage advances in technology to enhance their activities. Jideofor Adibe in 'Boko Haram: one sect, conflicting narratives', notes that virtually everything about the sect is contested, from the meaning of its name to the reasons for its emergence and subsequent radicalization, and whether it is affiliated to foreign terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM). Joseph P. Golwa and Simeon H.O. Alozieuwa in 'Perspectives on Nigeria's security challenges: the Niger Delta militancy and Boko Haram insurgency compared', argue that it is a mistake to compare the militancy in the Niger Delta with what they believe is the clear terrorism of Boko Haram. Ufo Okeke Uzodike and Benjamin Maiangwa in 'Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria: causal factors and central problematic', examine the emergence of the sect and its assumed grievances. [ASC Leiden abstract]