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Journal for the Study of Religion

On-line version ISSN 2413-3027
Print version ISSN 1011-7601

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AMAECHI, Kingsley Ekene. From non-violent protests to suicide bombing: social movement theory reflections on the use of suicide violence in the Nigerian Boko Haram. J. Study Relig. [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.1, pp.52-77. ISSN 2413-3027.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3027/2017/v30n1a3.

This article uses the northern Nigerian-born Boko Haram to reflect on the development and use of suicide violence in Salafi-Islamist groups. Drawing on data from a combination of semi-structured interviews and a secondary analysis of previous research on the group, the article investigates how suicide bombing developed and became a significant strategy for goal attainment within the group. Rather than 'exceptionalise' suicide violence, the article analyses this element as part of a fluid and evolving spectrum of movement tactics that evolves as such groups try to achieve their goals within the particular socio-political environment in which they identify.

Keywords : Boko-Haram; Salafi-Islamist groups; Social Movement Theory; Suicide Violence; Violence.

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