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Understanding al-Shabaab: clan, Islam and insurgency in Kenya

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Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen has proven itself to be a highly adaptable organisation. Their most recent evolution has seen them transform from an overt, military and governmental force in southern Somalia to a covert, insurgent and anarchic force in Kenya. This article indicates how al-Shabaab has reinvented itself in Kenya. Both ‘clan’ and ‘Islam’ are often thought of as immutable factors in al-Shabaab's make-up, but here we show that the organisation is pragmatic in its handling of clan...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1080/17531055.2015.1082254

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
NDM
Sub department:
Tropical Medicine
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Journal of Eastern African Studies More from this journal
Volume:
9
Issue:
3
Pages:
536-557
Publication date:
2015-09-23
Acceptance date:
2015-08-06
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EISSN:
1753-1063
ISSN:
1753-1055
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Pubs id:
pubs:574417
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uuid:fa1c73a5-6e90-4297-8194-55bb83b7e7e5
Local pid:
info:fedora/pubs:574417
Source identifiers:
574417
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2016-07-26

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