n African Renaissance - Terrorism in Africa : beyond essentialism - : editorial

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Terrorism appears to have become the scourge of our time, with terrorists inflicting both pains and fears in the minds of ordinary folks. Yet, what exactly constitutes 'terrorism' or 'terrorist act' remains mired in controversy, with the concept often manipulated by those whose political and ideological interests it serves to designate particular actions of agents they are opposed to as terrorism. The problem of definition is compounded by the fact that 'terrorism' is an emotionally and politically charged notion, hence one man's terrorist could be another's freedom fighter.

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