Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786991454 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991461 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Women and the War on Boko Haram

Wives, Weapons, Witnesses

Edited by Hilary Matfess

Women and the War on Boko Haram

Edited by Hilary Matfess

Distributed for Zed Books

192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781786991454 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781786991461 Will Publish November 2017 For sale in North and South America only
For well over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the group shocked the world when it abducted 276 girls en masse from a school in rural Chibok, and the resulting #BringBackOurGirls movement attracted support and solidarity from around the globe. Yet as Hilary Matfess shows, Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions.
 
From its very inception, argues Matfess, Boko Haram has systematically exploited women to advance its aims, committing acts of sexual violence under the guise of religiously sanctioned marriage. Perhaps more disturbing still, many Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, willing even to sacrifice their lives as suicide bombers. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as exploring how both the Nigerian government and Western leaders have failed to prevent the group’s violent misogyny.
 
 
Review Quotes
Andrew Walker, author of Eat the Heart of the Infidel
“Boko Haram's violence against women has often been met with incredulous outrage. Matfess cuts through our assumptions to reveal a much more compelling and surprising picture. A fantastic book that I would not hesitate to recommend.”
 
Amidu Olalekan Sanni, Lagos State University

“For the first time, women are treated as actors as well as victims within the story of the Boko Haram insurgency. This is a masterpiece which stands to become a classic in the study of militant radicalism.”

Brandon Kendhammer
“An original, innovative, and much-needed addition to the growing literatures on both women and conflict in Africa and the Boko Haram insurgency.”
Adam Higazi, University of Amsterdam
“This is a significant book on Boko Haram, analysing the role of women and girls in the insurgency in north-east Nigeria, and the gendered impacts of the enormous humanitarian crisis which the conflict has produced.”
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