The state of terrorism research in Africa

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  • Emeka Thaddues Njoku

Colleges, School and Institutes


I argue that the epochal enthroning of 9/11 made the reading of terrorism in Africa among African-based researchers increasingly ahistorical and uncritical. Indeed, African-based voices have contributed to state-centred and state-controlled scholarship in terrorism studies. Critical engagements and research are few, and the prevalent information about Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and ISWAP is yet to move beyond centring the state and its security agenda.


Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
Early online date21 Sep 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Sep 2021


  • Terrorism, Counter-terrorism, African Studies, critical terrorism studies, 9/11, temporality, international security, conflict, terrorism studies

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