The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State

The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State

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Since it erupted onto the world stage in 2009, people have asked, what is Boko Haram, and what does it stand for? Is there a coherent vision or set of beliefs behind it? Despite the growing literature about the group, few if any attempts have been made to answer these questions, even though Boko Haram is but the latest in a long line of millenarian Muslim reform groups to emerge in Northern Nigeria over the last two centuries. The Boko Haram Reader offers an unprecedented collection of essential texts, documents, videos, audio, and nashids (martial hymns), translated into English from Hausa, Arabic and Kanuri, tracing the group's origins, history, and evolution. Its editors, two Nigerian scholars, reveal how Boko Haram's leaders manipulate Islamic theology for the legitimisation, radicalization, indoctrination and dissemination of their ideas across West Africa. Mandatory reading for anyone wishing to grasp the underpinnings of Boko Haram's insurgency, particularly how the group strives to delegitimize its rivals and establish its beliefs as a dominant strand of Islamic thought in West Africa's religious marketplace.

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ISBN-13: 9780190934989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Abdulbasit Kassim is a PhD student at Rice University, focusing on African Islamic movements and international relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Michael Nwankpa is a PhD candidate at the University of Roehampton, focusing on the dilemma of security, development and human rights. David Cook is associate professor of religion at Rice University and author of Understanding Jihad and Martyrdom in Islam.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Notes on Authors Introduction Glossary Chapter One: Nigerian Preachers (2006-2008) 1. Debate on the Status of Western Education and Working for the Nigeria Government between Mallam Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Mallam Muhammad Yusuf Maiduguri 2. Translation of Selections from Muhammad Yusuf Hadhihi 'Aqidatuna Wa-Minhaj Da'watina (This is our Creed and Method of Proclamation) 3. Clearing the Doubts of the Scholars by Muhammad Yusuf 4. Exegesis of Surat Hud (Quran 11) by Muhammad Yusuf 5. Who is the Prophet Muhammad? by Muhammad Yusuf 6. Exegesis of Surat Al-Tawba (Quran 9 Verses 9-16) by Muhammad Yusuf 7. Explanation of the Meaning of Monotheism by Abubakar Shekau 8. Exegesis of Surat Al 'Imran by Muhammad Yusuf 9. BBC Hausa Service Interview with Muhammad Yusuf 10. Film by Muhammad Yusuf Chapter Two: Reaching A Verdict (2008-2009) 11. History of the Muslims by Muhammad Yusuf 12. Admonition by Muhammad Yusuf 13. Exegesis of Surat Al-Baqara (Quran 2 Verses 284-286) by Muhammad Yusuf 14. Western Civilization is Atheism and Anti-Islam by Abubakar Shekau 15. Grouping of Sermons by Muhammad Yusuf 16. Hadhihi 'Aqidatuna (This Is Our Creed) by Abubakar Shekau 17. Provision of the Muslim Fighters by Muhammad Yusuf 18. Lecture on Returning to the Path of the Qur'?n and Sunna by Muhammad Mamman Nur and Muhammad Yusuf 19. Open Letter to the Nigerian Government or Declaration of War by Muhammad Yusuf 20. Interrogation of Muhammad Yusuf by Nigerian Security Forces Chapter Three: Making Nigeria Ungovernable (2010-2012) 21. Statement of Sani Umaru 22. Documents from Advice and Shari'i Instruction by Abu Al-Hasan Rashid to the Fighters in Nigeria 23. Declaration of War against the Christians by Abubakar Shekau 24. Message of Condolence to the Muj?hidin by Abubakar Shekau 25. Letter from the Bauchi Prison Break 26. Hausa Nashid "We Are Not Boko Haram, We Are The People Of Sunna" by Jama'at Ahl Al-Sunna Li-L-Da'wa wa-l-Jihad 27. Letter to Osama Bin Laden by Abubakar Shekau 28. Message from Shekau 29. Message to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan by Abubakar Shekau 30. We Are Coming to Get You, Jonathan! by Abubakar Shekau 31. Reasons for Attacking Thisday Newspaper by Jama'at Ahl Al-Sunna Li-l-Da'wa wa-l-Jih'd 32. Formation of Jama'at An?ar Al-Muslimin Fi Bilad Al-Sudan (Group of the Muslims' Helpers in the Land of the Blacks) by Amir Abu Yusuf Al-Ansari 33. Message to the World by Abubakar Shekau 34. Clarification of the False Report on Negotiations with the Nigerian Government by Abubakar Shekau 35. Glad Tidings, O Soldiers of Allah by Abubakar Shekau 36. Disassocation of the Jama'at An?ar Al-Muslimin from Targeting Muslim Innocents 37. Sermon for 'Id Al-Adha1434/2013 by Abu Usama Al-Ansari Chapter Four: Boko Haram State (2013-2015) 38. Raid on Maiduguri by Abubakar Shekau 39. Hausa Nashid in the video "The Raid on Maiduguri" by Jama'at Ahl Al-Sunna Li-l-Da'wa wa-l-Jihad 40. Message to the Umma by Abubakar Shekau 41. Message about the Chibok Girls by Abubakar Shekau 42. Beheading of Nigerian Air Force Officers 43. Declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by Abubakar Shekau 44. Interview with a Mujahid 45. Beheading Video by Chadian Faction of Boko Haram 46. Shekau Says He is Alive and Well 47. Shekau speaks on Ceasefire Talks and the Chibok Girls 48. Boko Haram Communiques 49. Message to the Emir of Kano by Abubakar Shekau 50. Message to President Paul Biya of Cameroon by Abubakar Shekau 51. Charlie Hebdo by Abubakar Shekau 52. Message to the World on Baga by Abubakar Shekau 53. Interview with Official Spokesman Abu Musa'b Al-Barnawi About the Events in the City of Baga 54. Message from a Mujahid 55. Allah is Our Master by Jama'at An?ar Al-Muslimin Fi Bilad Al-Sudan 56. Message to the African Leaders, specifically Idriss Déby by Abubakar Shekau 57. Applications of the Rulings of Islam in the Islamic State in Africa by Jam?'at Ahl Al-Sunna Li-l-Da'wa wa-l-Jihad 58. Investigation of the Nigerian Army by Jama'at An?ar Al-Muslimin Fi Bilad Al-Sudan 59. Proclamation Concerning the Aggression being led by Chad Against Jama'at Ahl Al-Sunna Li-l-Da'wa wa-l-Jihad 60. Message to the Unbelievers' Leaders by Abubakar Shekau Chapter Five: West African Islamic State (2015-2016) 61. Jumbled Words and Authentication for the Important Period prior to Shaykh Al-Shakawi's Allegiance which made the Umma Happy by Abu Malik Shayba al-Hamad 62. Bay'a to the Caliph of the Muslims by Abubakar Shekau 63. Arrival of the Caliphate's Soldiers in West Africa by Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiy? 64. 'Id [Al-Fitri] Prayer and Sermon from Wil?yat Gharb Ifriqiya 65. Message to Nigerian Unbelievers by Abubakar Shekau 66. 'Id Al-Adha Atmosphere in Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiya 67. Messages from the Caliphate's Soldiers in Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyaby Man Chari 68. Message from the Mujahidin in West Africa to the Mujahidin in Somalia 69. Message from Shekau 70. Investigate by Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiy? 71. Message to the World by Abubakar Shekau 72. Exposé: An Open Letter to Abubakar Shekau by Mamman Nur 73. Message from the Soldiers by Man Chari and Abubakar Shekau 74. Shekau Responds to his Critics Bibliography

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