Religion and conflict three Case Studies

The official name of the group is Jamaat Ahl al-Sunna lidDawah wal-Jihad (People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad) and thus it is referred by the name given to it by the people: ‘Boko Haram’, which roughly translates into ‘Western education is forbidden’. No one knows the exact size of the group, nor its current formation or leadership structures. Some experts have estimated 5,000 or so members, with a wider network of enablers and supporters in the far north-east corner of Nigeria. There seem to be multiple factions within the organisation and no clear strategy being pursued in the use of violence.