n AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society - : a conceptual-theoretical framework for understanding religious extremism in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1998-4936
  • E-ISSN: 2075-6534


There is an expanding body of sophisticated scholarship on religious terrorism in the Nigerian context. This is evident in the multiplicity of scholarly entries that could be accessed on the subject, especially its dimension of Jama'at (J.A.S.D.J) popularly known as , through any internet search engine. The accessibility of such rich and relevant sources has made attractive and highly interesting to scholars in various fields the conduct of studies on the subject of religious extremism especially its variant, in Nigeria, from various perspectives. Although most studies articulate their conceptual and theoretical frameworks and, at times, provide separate sections of one or two paragraphs thereupon, there has not been a commensurate level of attention to the analysis of core concepts and salient theories that are central to research on religious extremism. The expectation is that where there is a proliferation of scholarly publications on a subject, there certainly would have been some detailed and comprehensive studies on the dominant frameworks for research in the area. This however is, albeit arguably, not the case in the Nigerian context. The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of extremism in the context of religion, the nature of Islamic religious extremism, as well as theories with potential to facilitate a good understanding of the rationale for Islamic religious extremism in Nigeria and aid a systematic conduct of research on the subject. The study which is exploratory in nature employs the analytical method in addressing its questions. The significance of such a study lies in its potential to pave way for the emergence of what may be tagged as research frameworks for Islamic religious extremism especially with reference to the Movement.

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