Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Carlos Grenier
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Dr. Albert Wuaku
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Religion, History, Religious war
Date of Defense
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the roles of Islamic identity in the rise and perseverance of Boko Haram in the northeastern part of Nigeria. This study’s significance is to contribute to the continued research and understanding of Boko Haram as an Islamic identity movement based on the unique political history of northern Nigeria, one drawing on the grievance of Muslim powerlessness in the postcolonial African state. Interpretations for the rise of movements commonly identified with militant extremism in the Islamic World tend to rely on materialist explanations or attribute them to brainwashing. A broader approach explores political possibilities, socializing structures, and the most recent experiences to counter an over-reliance on economic interpretations. If Islamic extremism is to be appreciated entirely and eventually overcome, it is argued that it must be regarded as a multi-faceted phenomenon triggered by multiple economic, political, social, cultural, and psychological factors.
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Atewologun, Samuel Kayode, "Exploring the Role of Islamic Identity in the Rise of Boko Haram" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4732.
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