Boko Haram : A Islamic Organization

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Boko Haram is a militant Islamic group based in northeastern Nigeria, but is also active in northern Cameroon, Chad, and Niger (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Their main purpose as an organization is to institute Sharia, which is known as Islamic law (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). In the local Hausa dialect, one of the largest ethnic groups spoken in West Africa, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). The group is also referred to as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, meaning “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad” (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Boko Haram militants mostly live in areas in the northern states of Nigeria, specifically Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, and Yobe (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Initially, Boko Haram was referred to as the Nigerian Taliban due to their religious similarities to the Taliban (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Boko Haram does not participate in Nigeria’s political system out of an adherence to a fundamentalist form of Islam, which prohibits contribution unless the system is based on Sharia, or Islamic law (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Because of Boko Haram’s intention to create a nation that is entirely Islam, he has caused numerous attacks and deaths in Nigeria since 2009 (“Boko Haram Fast Facts” 1). Since then, the devastation that Boko Haram has caused in Africa’s most populous country in order to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state is similar to…

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