The term radical Islamist terrorism may not immediately conjure images of Africa, but the continent has seen some of the most frequent and largest scale jihadist attacks in the last five years.
Just one of these jihadist groups, Boko Haram, which pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015 and functions mainly in Western Africa, reportedly mounted a total of 150 attacks that killed at least 967 people in 2017 alone. As a point of comparison, in 2017 there were two attacks in France and one attack in the United States with links to radical Islamist groups.
Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim will visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum to discuss the problem of terrorism in Africa and how the continent can most effectively deal with these issues. Dr. Fraser-Rahim will be joined by Katherine Zimmerman, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the research manager their Critical Threats Project, which aims to highlight global threats to America’s security.
Dr. Fraser-Rahim is an expert on violent extremism and a scholar on Africa. He is the executive director of Quilliam in North America and an assistant professor in the Citadel’s Department of Intelligence and Security Studies. Dr. Fraser-Rahim’s areas of specialty include transnational terrorist movements, Islamic intellectual history, Muslim communities in the West and African affairs.
Dr. Fraser-Rahim has conducted research in more than 40 countries on the African continent and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East. He completed advanced-level Arabic language certificates at various higher education institutions in the U.S., West Africa and the Middle East and he earned his Ph.D. in 2017 from Howard University in African Studies, with a focus on Islamic thought and on violent extremism issues.
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By Danielle Hodes, Manager of Public Programs, 9/11 Memorial Museum