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Lecture | Studium Generale

Boko Haram

Wednesday 7 December 2016
Anna van Buerenplein
Anna van Buerenplein 301
2595 DG The Hague

How effective is the army is in defeating the movement Boko Haram? How are the low oil prices affecting the government? And how can the region start to recover from the terrible impact of Boko Haram?

Boko Haram in the North-East of Nigeria is the product of deep roots of dissension, the last of a long line of Islamist movements, reaching back all the way to the Jihadist Caliphate of Sokoto in the early 19th century. They all varied in the way they were rooted in Islam, or were triggered by slave trading and plain robbery.

Boko Haram has survived the death of its founder, plus severe brushes with the Nigerian army. Up till the 2015 elections the problems in the North East were not top priority for the Nigerian government, but the new president has changed that. Also, the Cibok girls abduction moved the issue to international headlines.

SPEAKER: prof. dr. Wouter van Beek, emeritus professor Anthropology of Religion, Tilburg University. He concentrates on African traditional religions (plural definitely intended) in their interaction with modernity and globalization, plus the changing relations of these religions with their societal and ecological roots.

DISCUSSANT: dr. David Ehrhardt, Assistant Professor of International Development at Leiden University College. He has extensive fieldwork experience in northern Nigeria, where he has looked at violent conflict, religious authority and shari’a, and the complexities of citizenship in a patronage-driven, ethnically diverse society.

This lecture is a co-production of Studium Generale and Leiden University College.

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