Boko Haram Inside Nigeria's unholy war

Mike Smith, 1975-

Book - 2015

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London : I.B. Tauris 2015.
Main Author
Mike Smith, 1975- (author)
Physical Description
xiv, 233 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • List of Maps
  • Acknowledgements
  • A Note on Sources and the 'Boko Haram' Label
  • A Timeline of Key Events in Northern Nigerian History and the Boko Haram Insurgency
  • Prologue: 'I Think The Worst Has Happened'
  • 1. 'Then You Should Wait for the Outcome'
  • 2. 'His Preachings Were Things that People Could Identify With'
  • 3. 'I Will Not Tolerate a Brawl'
  • 4. 'That is How Complex the Situation Is'
  • 5. 'I Don't Know. They're in the Bush'
  • 6. 'Our Girls Were Kidnapped and They Did Not Do Anything'
  • Epilogue: 'They Should Not Allow Me to Die in this Condition'
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Select Bibliography
  • Index
Review by Library Journal Review

In his first book, journalist Smith (Agence France-Presse) draws on his years of reporting from Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa as well as on books, journal articles, and interviews with Nigerian police, military officials, politicians, and survivors of Boko Haram attacks. He uses all these sources to try to make sense of the origin, development, and endurance of the jihadi insurgency now threatening the Nigerian state and the stability of neighboring countries. Much of the historical background and political analysis tying the rise of Boko Haram to the dysfunctional region have been covered in other recent volumes (e.g., Josh Arinze's Poverty Is No Excuse for Terrorism and Samuel T. Whitlock's Boko Haram), but Smith's descriptions of attacks and their aftermath bring human interest to the politics. Any work on the subject is instantly out of date, however, since Boko Haram changes almost daily-its spokesman recently declared he is considering pledging allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the group's attacks are spreading to Niger and causing a massive refugee problem in that country. VERDICT This title will be of interest to readers concerned about the future peace and stability of West Africa.-Joel Neuberg, Santa Rosa Junior Coll. Lib., CA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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