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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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... anyone that God commands me to kill the way I enjoy killing chickens and rams’. Virginia Comolli writes in her study of the organisation that the death in childbirth of one of Shekau’s wives ‘triggered some existing but hitherto repressed psychiatric problem: he became so violent that it was necessary to put him in chains.’ At the ...

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