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The Nexus between Religion and Terrorism: An Investigation into the Boko Haram Killing Activities in Nigeria
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. (RELIGION IN PEACE AND CONFLICT)
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis in Peace and Conflict addresses the development and impacts of the Islamic organisation Boko Haram in the context of frustration-aggression and complexity theories. It investigates the overall phenomenon of terrorism, reviews Boko Haram’s context within other terrorist organisations, and the impact that Boko Haram has had in the development of the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria. Local and regional response to threats by Boko Haram is considered, as well as Boko Haram’s recent pledge to the ISIL terrorist organisation. The Boko Haram (BH) Islamic fundamentalist emerged in Nigeria in 2002 with the idea of turning Nigeria into an Islamic country to be ruled by the Sharia law. Other reasons were hatred for the West and adverse domestic factors in the north-east where the group has been more prevalent. The domestic-based insurgent group established links with some international terrorist organizations (ITOs) such as Al-Qaeda, AQIM and Al-Shabaab and became more sophisticated in its attacks and tactics which made it to threaten the national security of Nigeria in the destruction of lives and properties. This paper seeks to argue the evolution Boko Haram arising from some domestic factors prevalent in the north-east of Nigeria; and then conclude with some measures to be in place to put an end to the criminality perpetuated by the group in the country with the ability to seriously threaten the security of the state and the society. Finally, suggestions for policy recommendations to the Nigerian government are made.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Boko Haram, Insurgency, International terrorism, Humanitarian crisis, Nigeria, ISIL
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295528OAI: diva2:933994
Subject / course
Religion in Peace and Conflict
Educational program
Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict
Available from: 2016-06-16 Created: 2016-06-07 Last updated: 2016-06-16Bibliographically approved

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