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Alexander Thurston Book Launch: Boko Haram, The History of an African Jihadist Movement

February 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST

Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement examines one of the world’s deadliest jihadist groups. Boko Haram has killed more than twenty thousand people and displaced more than two million in a campaign of terror that began in Nigeria but has since spread to Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well. This is the first book to tell the full story of this West African affiliate of the Islamic State, from its beginnings in the early 2000s to its most infamous violence, including the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls.

An in-depth account of a group that is menacing Africa’s most populous and richest country, Thurston also illuminates the dynamics of civil war in Africa and jihadist movements in other parts of the world.

Professor Alexander Thurston is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the African Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He specializes in the study of Islam and politics in West Africa and North Africa.


Accommodation requests related to a dietary restriction or disability should be made to mortaracenter@goergetown.edu. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.


February 7, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Mortara Center for International Studies, 3600 N Street NW, 36th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
1201 36th St NW United States