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Title:The Boko Haram paradox: ethnicity, religion, and historical memory in pursuit of a caliphate
Authors:Pieri, Zacharias P.
Zenn, Jacob
Periodical:African security (ISSN 1939-2214)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic movements
political ideologies
political systems
Boko Haram
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/19392206.2016.1132906
Abstract:To Boko Haram, Nigeria is a colonial construct, lacking Islamic legitimacy and destined to lead society in a downward spiral of Western immorality. The only way to regain northern Nigeria's former glory is through a repudiation of democracy, constitutionalism, and Western values and a return to Islamic governance on the model of the historic caliphates. The authors argue that Boko Haram's leaders draw their inspiration and legitimacy from Usman Dan Fodio's 1804 Fulani-led jihad and his subsequent establishment of the Sokoto Caliphate in northern Nigeria but seek to implement this style of caliphate in the Kanuri homelands of the former Kanem-Borno Empire. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]