Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa/African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa/African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations

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Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa BY SCOTT MacEACHERN. Oxford University Press, 2018, 248 pp.

African Border Disorders: Addressing Transnational Extremist Organizations edited by olivier j. walther and william f. s. miles. Routledge, 2017, 210 pp.

These two exceptional books offer significant new insights into the rise of jihadist violence in Africa. MacEachern situates Boko Haram, the islamic State affiliate based in Nigeria, in the history of a complex region that includes parts of four countries: southern Chad, northern Cameroon, northeastern Nigeria, and southeastern Niger. This is a borderland between the Sahara to the north, where islam prevails, and the savanna and forest areas to the south, which are home to various animist traditions. Boko Haram's leadership is currently thought to have retreated to the Mandara Mountains, on the Nigerian-Cameroonian border, which MacEachern demonstrates have long been a haven for smugglers, slave traders, and various militias. His book explores the interesting parallels between Boko Haram and Hamman Yaji, a notorious warlord who, in the early twentieth century, struck out from his stronghold in the Mandaras to attack local communities and enslave young women-just like Boko Haram. …

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