Islamic martyrdom in Northern Nigeria

Sabina Brakoniecka


The paper discusses some elements of the tradition of martyrdom among Muslims in
northern Nigeria. It describes the basic frameworks of the concept of martyrdom in Islam
with special reference to its contemporary usage. Then it discusses the shape of the idea
of martyrdom during the times of Usman ɗan Fodio’s jihad. It further examines the concept
of martyrdom as presented in the speeches of Muhammad Yusuf, the ideologue of
the Boko Haram organisation, as well as its practical implementation in the times of the
current rebellion in northern Nigeria.


Boko Haram; Islam; Martyrdom; Northern Nigeria; Suicide

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