Abdulbasit Kassim is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion with a primary field in Islam and a secondary field in Africana Studies. His research focuses on the Intellectual History of Islam in Africa, Islamic Political Thought, African and African Diaspora Religions, Islam and Race in America, Africology and Post-Colonial Studies, Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Societies, and Religion in International Relations. Abdulbasit holds an M.A. in Politics and International Relations from Keele University (2013), and a B.Sc. in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (2011). His first book, The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State (Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2018) co-edited with Michael Nwankpa, offers an unprecedented collection of primary source texts, audiovisuals and nashīds (martial hymns), translated into English from Hausa, Arabic and Kanuri, tracing the history and evolution of the Boko Haram movement. Abdulbasit's scholarship has been published in the Journal of Politics, Religion, and Ideology, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology and the Combating Terrorism Center. He is currently conducting archival and ethnographic field research on the Arabic writings on Jihad and Islamic Reform in Central Sudanic Africa from the late 18th century to early 21st century, Religious Soft Power and Glocal Shi'ism in West Africa, Subaltern Sexualities in Muslim West Africa and the Black American Pilgrimage to Africa. In addition to his academic engagement, Abdulbasit has been involved in humanitarian projects for the Internally Displaced Persons in the Lake Chad region of West Africa.
M.A. Politics and International Relations, Keele University, 2013
B.Sc. International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, 2011