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“Boko Haram: Political Context, Internal Dynamics, and International Relationships” Dr. Alex Thurston

February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

alex thurston lecture flyerBoko Haram, one of the deadliest jihadist movements in the world, emerged in Nigeria around 2002 and remains active today. This talk will place the movement in its local political context while also examining infighting within the group. Part of this infighting had to do with Boko Haram’s fraught relationships with foreign jihadist actors, including al-Qaida and the so-called Islamic State. The talk will discuss how debates within Boko Haram concerning these alliances helped to shape the movement’s trajectory, even as Boko Haram attempted to respond to the local military, political, and religious dynamics surrounding it.


Dr. Alex Thurston is Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio, with a joint appointment in Political Science and Comparative Religion. He is the author of two books: Salafism in Nigeria: Islam, Preaching and Politics and Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement. He received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University in 2013.


February 28, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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303 International Center

Michigan State University

East Lansing,



United States

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Department of Anthropology
Muslim Studies Program