Episode 123 of Africa Past and Present -- the podcast about African history, culture, and politics -- is now available at http://afripod.aodl.org.
In this episode, Alex Thurston (Miami University, Political Science/Comparative Religion) discusses his recent book, Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement. Taking local religious ideas and experiences seriously, Thurston sheds light on northeastern Nigeria and the main leaders of Boko Haram; its relationships with the Islamic State; the conflict’s spread to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon; and US foreign policy in the region. The interview ends with some considerations of the effect of President Buhari's recent reelection on Boko Haram’s future.
Now in its 12th season, Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and co-produced by Matrix -- the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences -- and the Department of History at Michigan State University.