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Nigeria’s Mainstream Salafis between Boko Haram and the State
This article examines northern Nigeria’s mainstream Salafis – figures who advocate exclusive, literalist, exoterically-minded readings of scripture, but who oppose the violence of the fringe SalafiExpand
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Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching, and Politics
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The Era of Overseas Scholarships: Islam, Modernization, and Decolonization in Northern Nigeria, c. 1954-1966
AbstractIn independence-era Northern Nigeria, different segments of the modernizing elite contended over defining the place of Islam in society. This article argues that the case of Northern NigeriaExpand
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A Response to Jacob Zenn on Boko Haram and al-Qa‘ida
A recent special issue of Perspectives on Terrorism, published in December 2017 (Volume 11, Number 6, pp. 174-190), included an article by Jacob Zenn entitled “Demystifying al-Qaida in Nigeria: CasesExpand
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Mali: The Disintegration of a "Model African Democracy"
This commentary examines how Mali entered its current crisis, tracing the fall of the regime of President Amadou Toumani Toure and the rise of armed Islamist groups in northern Mali, as well as theExpand
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The Politics of Technocracy in Fourth Republic Nigeria
Abstract: The technocrat, a supposedly apolitical figure who joins government on the basis of technical expertise, looms large in discussions of governance. The empowerment of technocrats hasExpand
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