Abdulbasit Kassim is a doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion with a primary field in Islam and a secondary field in African Studies. His research focuses on the Intellectual History of Islam in Africa, Contemporary Islamic Movements in Africa, Postcolonial African States, African Religions, and the International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa. 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 Publishers, 2017) co-edited with Michael Nwankpa, offers an unprecedented collection of primary source texts, audio-visuals 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 research on the Arabic writings on Jihad in Central Sudanic Africa from 1700 - 2017 and Shiism in West Africa. In addition to his academic engagement, Abdulbasit has been involved in humanitarian projects for the Internally Displaced Persons in North East Nigeria.
M.A. Politics and International Relations, Keele University, 2013
B.Sc. International Studies, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, 2011