What you need to know about Boko Haram

Hugh Fitzgerald

it should be obvious what Boko Haram means. “The Book” — i.e., books in general, all books but the Qur’an — are “haram,”  that is, forbidden. But that is never stated.

It would too bleakly reveal the inculcated hatred toward all books, all learning other than what is in the Qur’an, that is would reveal too much about Islam. So Reuters, and every other news organization in the Western world, keeps repeating that “Boko Haram” means “Western education is sinful.”


That’s true, but why not simply state that “boko” means books, all books but the Qur’an, and that would apply to Eastern books as well as to “Western education,” and “Haram” is not Hausa at all, but Arab and deeply Muslim, and means “forbidden.”

Why can’t that be said, once and for all? Why this “Western education is sinful” business? It’s every kind of education, of learning, other than what’s in Islam. Nothing exists for the men of Boko Haram outside of Islam. They take their Islam straight up, not on the rocks. Thus they embarrass those Muslims who have managed to avoid taking to heart, or acting on, what they know to be the Islamic injunctions. But why do non-Muslims keep pretending that what prompts Boko Haram is some wild crazed idiosyncratic doctrine, and not something that comes directly from the texts of Islam, and the example of Muhammad?

The latest Qur’an-inspired atrocity of Boko Haram:

Nigerian Islamists kill 59 pupils in boarding school attack

Nigerian students trying to escape college attack were “slaughtered like sheep” by Islamic jihadists who slit their throats

Remember: when you hear Leftists and Islamic supremacists going on about “Islamophobia,” demonizing those who call attention to atrocities like this, this is what they are enabling: students burned alive, and having their throats slit when they tried to escape.

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