Abdulbasit Kassim is a Doctoral student at Rice University 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. His first book "The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State" (co-edited with Michael Nwankpa) is published by Hurst Publishers and the Oxford University Press.