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Kura Bari Program: Boko Halal, Teaching peace, not war

Hello and welcome.

Today on the Kura Bari programme we are discussing a book titled “Boko Halal”, which was written to counter narratives of religious extremism. The book was publicly presented on the 10th of October by the non-governmental organisation, the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development.

The Hausa word “boko” means Western education, and the Arabic word “halal” means not forbidden. So boko halal is the direct opposite of boko haram, which means Western education is forbidden.

Boko Halal was originally written in English but now has abridged translated versions in Hausa and Kanuri.  The 160-page book, with 10 thematic chapters, presents a well thought-out manual of peace education, promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence. It also encourages the establishment of peace clubs in Islamic schools.

Boko Halal was first developed in 2016 and reviewed by the foundation in partnership with Makeiyya Association, and with funding support from the International Civil Society Action Network under its Inclusive Peace Fund, said Hajja Hamsatu Allamin, the director and founder of the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development.

Our guests are:

  • Hajja Hamsatu Allamin, the director and founder of the Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development; and
  • Dr Abba Alhaji Bukar, Chairman, manual development committee.

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