INAF-425 Terrorism & Insurgency in Africa
Spring for 2015-2016
Who gets to define terrorism, in Africa or elsewhere? How can we understand
violent movements in Africa, bearing in mind their political, historical, and religious contexts? Do such groups, identified as "terrorists" by Western interlocutors, have something essential in common, or are they primarily rooted in local struggles? This seminar examines violent groups that have
appeared in colonial and postcolonial Africa. The first part of the course analyzes three contemporary Muslim groups, and seeks to understand these movements in their global and local contexts: al-Shabab in Somalia; al-Qa‘ida in the Islamic Maghreb in northwest Africa; and Boko Haram in Nigeria. The second part of the course asks who gets to define terrorism, focusing on three groups whose images have changed dramatically over time: the Mau-Mau in Kenya; the Mozambican National Resistance or RENAMO; and Umkhonto we Sizwe in
South Africa.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

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