Press Release: Jamestown Senior Fellow Jacob Zenn Releases New Book, “Unmasking Boko Haram”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the village of Chibok, Nigeria, in 2014 drew the world’s attention to the previously little-known extremist group Boko Haram. Numerous questions followed, among them: Where did Boko Haram come from? What explains the rise of this militant Islamic group and its increasingly violent actions? What is its relationship to the Islamic State?

Jamestown Senior Fellow for African and Central Asian Affairs Jacob Zenn addresses these questions in his detailed chronicle of the foundation of Boko Haram, its strategy and tactics, and its evolution as a global Jihadist movement. Drawing on exclusive interviews and extensive primary sources in Arabic and Hausa, Zenn reveals the group’s inner workings and the dynamics of its trajectory.

This investigation into Boko Haram and its connections to international jihadist groups is now available for purchase.

The book’s introduction has been released for free online.