An annotated bibliography of sources on the topic of:

Addressing Boko Haram

compiled and annotated by Nwosu Chikamara Tiffany
for the course CAS CC 204: Religion and Secularism in Spring 2015

NB: There are not yet many primary sources available online for this issue seeing as its very recent. Any basic primary sources would be located in Nigeria and would take a while to receive and analyze. Also, most newspaper articles are not available online from most local Nigerian papers, there will be a few but these might be in a crude format.

“The Boko Haram Uprising and Islamic Revivalism in Nigeria.” The Africa Spectrum 45, no. 2 (2010): 95-108. Accessed April 10, 2015.

This journal entry provides an interesting analysis of the origins of Boko Haram and the influences Islam has played in this development. It also explores whether there was a resurgence of Islam as a result of the formation of Boko Haram and how this affects social and political society in the country.

Ntamu, G.U. “Religion! A Curse or a Blessing for National Integration and Development in Nigeria : Boko Haram in Perspective.” Journal of Sociological Research 4, no. 1 (2013): 364-77. Accessed April 10, 2015.

The journal entry argues that the Boko Haram Islamist group does not have Islamic motives or essential reasons for seeking power and control of the Nigerian government but rather it is a more secular motive directly dealing with the lack of competent government in Nigeria.

Usman, Mohammed. “Religion and Violence in Nigeria: 1980-2012.” Bangladesh E-Journal of Sociology 10, no. 2 (2013): 41-51.

This is another journal entry that provides a deep analysis of the religious conflicts that have been going on in Nigeria prior to the formation of Boko Haram. It also seeks to explore the environment that Boko Haram arose in and what implications it meant for Nigerian society. It also provides insight as to how the Nigerian government has been handling the matter of religion and religious tolerance prior to the formation of Boko Haram and after their formation as well.

“Who are Boko Haram and what do they want?.”

A video depicting a Boko Haram leader (disputed; he may or may not be dead) stating the goals of Boko Haram, what their group stands for, and what they intend to do.

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