A militant Islamic movement in northern Nigeria known popularly as Boko Haram has started to be noticed by the British press; it has even been the subject of a leader in The Guardian. But who are they? What is the history of this group? And what is their objective?
The Muslim Institute's March monthly gathering welcomes Professor Murray Last who will speak on the emergence of Boko Haram. Murray is Professor emeritus in the Anthropology Dept., University College London, with 50 years of working in or on northern Nigeria. He received his PhD in 1964 at University College Ibadan. The thesis was published as The Sokoto Caliphate and is now available in Hausa as Daular Sakkwato. He was Professor of History at Bayero University, Kano 1978-1980 and visits Nigeria every year.