Boko Haram

A Historic Missed Opportunity

By: Emmanuel Ogebe

Africa's rulers met in Washington for a historic US-Africa Summit during the first week of August. Although World Watch Monitor has consistently reported a geometric spike in Islamist terrorism in Africa (northern Nigeria alone accounted for more Christian deaths than the rest of the world combined in 2012) the United States missed a historic opportunity to engage on the centrality of religious liberty to national and global security.

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When Society is Not Civil: Threats to Religious Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa

By: Robert A. Dowd

As the Africa Summit gets underway, it is good for us to take stock of the state of religious freedom in sub-Saharan Africa today. While there is a long history of Christian-Muslim tolerance and accommodation in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, tensions between Christians and Muslims are on the rise in some parts of the region and religious freedom is under attack. It is important for sub-Saharan Africa’s leaders and those who have an interest in the future of religious freedom in the region to effectively weaken the forces of religious intolerance that have emerged. In order to do so, it is necessary to understand where the region’s religious intolerance is coming from and why those who would curtail religious freedom are attracting others to join them.

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Nigeria, Sudan, and the Challenges of Violent Religious Intolerance

By: Eric Patterson

The recent attacks and abductions by Nigeria’s Boko Haram, self-justified by claims of religious legitimacy, remind us of the strange intersection of faith, security, and religious freedom. In the Boko Haram instance, the group’s very name means a rejection of Western education, and thus Boko Haram purposefully identifies itself as against all of the Western philosophical impulses of the last two hundred years—including religious freedom and other fundamental human rights.

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