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Adewale Maja-Pearce: After Boko Haram, 26 April 2018

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency 
by Virginia Comolli.
Hurst, 239 pp., £12.99, August 2017, 978 1 84904 661 9
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Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement 
by Alexander Thurston.
Princeton, 352 pp., £25, October 2017, 978 0 691 17224 8
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... Quran by rote in Arabic. But not for his own children. Falling standards in local universities, as Alexander Thurston explains, were driving the elites in the north to educate their children elsewhere, sometimes in the heartland of the infidel: the sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, was recently photographed at his daughter’s ...

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Alan Bennett: Film actors, 3 January 2002

... to teach me to keep quiet. One’s legs often got felt up as a child. Dad’s old headmaster, Mr Alexander, used to give us lessons in algebra and he was a great stroker and clutcher, though only of the legs and not the parts appertaining. Vicars did it too, without seeming to want to take it further. It was something I came to expect, and just another of ...

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