The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Muenster Paperback – December 9, 2000
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About the Author
Anthony Arthur is the author of numerous works of history, including Deliverance at Los Baños and Bushmaster. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1980 and lives in Woodland Hills, California.
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312267835
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312267834
- Dimensions : 6.56 x 0.65 x 8.32 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (December 9, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #995,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maiduguri, Boko Haram’s birthplace in Nigeria’s northeast, has not yet become the country's Muenster, but it is close enough. Remarkable similarity exists between the two movements. Like European Anabaptists, Boko Haram was a largely peaceful group practicing their own brand of Islam, until official persecution turned it violent. Anabaptists, Arthur says, “were dangerous not so much for their numbers as for the power of their message, with its vision of a pure restoration of the original Church and its vision of Jesus Christ welcoming them to a certain future in Heaven.” Similarly, Boko Haram aims to restore a pure form of Islam by establishing an Islamic State governed by sharia. The power of this message among some ordinary northern Nigerians is evidenced by popular support afforded to Boko Haram by such people, support which has prompted the Nigerian military to complain that the real enemy is the people they have been sent to protect.
Porous border areas between Holland and Germany, which enabled 'foreigners' like Jan Matthias and Jan van Leyden to enter Muenster and take control of the movement, are also characteristic of much of northern Nigeria and its neighboring states, allowing non-Nigerians who are not averse to violence to join Boko Haram, just as among the Anabaptists were some who “believed in the redeeming power of revenge, retribution, and violence.”
Whether Nigeria’s apocalyptic millenarians survive Chadian Army onslaughts and the African Union (AU) force being formed, remains to be seen. But it is looking more and more like Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan may share the same fate as Franz von Waldeck, the Prince-Bishop of Muenster, who spent 16 months trying to subdue the Anabaptists.
In the end, the latter were defeated, but Waldeck's victory was Pyrrhic. Like Waldeck's expensive struggle against the Anabaptists, the costs of the campaign against Boko Haram are likely to burden Jonathan's government, or that of his successor, for years. Second, he has already, like Waldeck, been criticized for procrastination in trying to crush Boko Haram and thereby lost credibility. Third, he has accepted help from neighboring countries, even allowing their troops to operate on Nigerian soil, which before now had been unthinkable. This is an embarrassing admission of the declining capability of his own security forces. Even if Jonathan succeeds in subduing Boko Haram, he very likely will have "lost control of his own destiny," as did Waldeck.
This book feel like it was written for a young age group. It is not bad but also certainly not what I was looking for.
Great book to give to a middle schooler. Teach them weird messed up facts about history!
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Anthony Arthur was Inspired by the events of Waco and the Oklahoma City Bombing, it's topicality has increased,
over the last 20 years, with the increase in religious fanaticism, especially the events in Syria by the Islamic State.
The tragedy occasionally gives way to farce - such as drunk soldiers mistaken the setting sun for the rising sun, and
prematurely beginning a military charge that will leave hundreds of attackers dead but barely any defenders even hurt.
The hand of God was divined in this and it strengthened their resolve.
Dan Carlin's Prophets of Doom was created from this book and that podcast directed me, and many others, to read it.
My copy will not be sold on or swapped. It will remain on my shelves as a valued part of my personal collection.
I think that is the highest compliment one can give a book.