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dc.contributor.authorOmeni, Akali
dc.identifier.citationOmeni , A 2022 , ' Lies or half-truths? Boko Haram’s ideology from a social movement theory perspective ' , African Security Review , vol. 31 , no. 2 , pp. 174-194 .
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dc.description.abstractUsing Social Movement Theory (SMT) as a methodological framework and explicitly employing the core SMT concepts of political opportunism and framing, this paper seeks to examine Boko Haram’s use of discourse in activism. As a rarely employed research method within the Boko Haram literature, SMT holds explanatory power around the movement’s approach to transforming motivation potential into actual mobilization via frame resonance. Focusing on the application of framing within (interpreted) sermons, lectures and exhortations by both Muhammad Yusuf and Abubakar Shekau as former substantive leaders of Boko Haram, this paper unpacks the discourse of Boko Haram’s ideology. The paper shows that this ideology, which contrasts the softened core of the Salafist/Wahhabi doctrines from which Boko Haram broke away, relies on problematic interpretations of Qur’ānic exegesis and political thought as both relate to faith and governance in northern Nigeria. One policy recommendation to emerge from this study is that counter-narratives to Boko Haram’s ideology should highlight not just why but also how the group’s rhetoric employs lies and half-truths in an attempt to rationalize its activism; despite what appears to be an adherence to Qur’ānic exegesis, in making its claims.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.en
dc.subjectSocial movement theoryen
dc.subjectPolitical opportunismen
dc.subjectIslamic jurisprudenceen
dc.subjectBoko Haramen
dc.subjectBP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etcen
dc.subjectJS Local government Municipal governmenten
dc.titleLies or half-truths? : Boko Haram’s ideology from a social movement theory perspectiveen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of International Relationsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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