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Two thirds of the country of Afghanistan, including the capital, Kabul, is ruled by aPashtun-dominated ultra- conservative Islamic movement known as the Taliban. TheTalib, or "students," developed their extremistinterpretation of Islam in the refugee camps of Pakistan during the 1979-89 war againstthe Soviet occupation. In the political, social and economic chaos after theSoviet withdrawal and then loss of American aid, the Taliban fought againstother Mujahideen for control of the country. After the September 27, 1996takeover of the capital, the streets of Kabul were full of young bearded men in black turbans, high on theKoran/Qur'an and battle. Squads from the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and thePrevention of Vice reportedly raced around Kabul, with whips of leather and cable, beating anyonewho they felt was being un-Islamic.

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The plight of women in Afghanistan is a great concern, because the law enforcesstrict segregation and restrictions based on gender, called by some "gender apartheid." The Taliban hasput many restrictions on the women of this country. For one, they are notpermitted to go to work or school. They are considered to be under "housearrest," they are not allowed to leave their houses without a male member of theirfamily, even when they might not have such a person, due to the past warfare in thecountry. On December 29, 1997 the Taliban rulers stoned a women to death who was with a manthat was not one of her relatives. This points out that a women found with a man who wasnot a family member faces the death penalty. The Taliban closed all girl schools, and mostof the other schools in the country have closed as well because 70 percent of the teachersin the country are women. Women are also unable to get immediate health care, restrictionshave greatly hurt their physical and psychological health. The Physicians for Human Rightsstudy shows that physical health of 71% of the women has deteriorated during the past twoyears, and 53% of women describe occasions when they were seriously ill and denied medicalcare. Their study also finds that mental stress and depression was common among 97% of thewomen studied, and 42% of the women meet the diagnostic criteria forpost-traumatic stressdisorder, and 21% had suicidal thoughts. Another problem that was brought upon women bythe Taliban is, they all must wear a garment called a "burqa," which completelycovers their body under thick material, and leaves only a small mesh opening to see andbreathe. Women are also not allowed to wear high heals or white socks because the Talibanconsiders them sexual. Also music and movies are banned as well as the flying of kites.

 

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Even in the eyes of some of the Islamic community the Taliban has stepped out of line inits treatment of women. Some quotes: "The Taliban's view has no basis in theQur'an, yet yet it hasbeen promoted by the Taliban as Islamic." "This situation is very distressingconsidering that women were given rights in the Qur'an to contribute to the economy byowning and selling property 1400 years ago."


Part of the problem dates to Muhammad. Even as he proclaimed new rights for women, he enshrined their inequality in immutable law, passed down as God's commandments and eventually recorded in scripture. The Koran allots daughters half the inheritance of sons. It decrees that a woman's testimony in court, at least in financial matters, is worth half that of a man's. Under Shari'a, or Muslim law, compensation for the murder of a woman is half the going rate for men. In many Muslim countries, these directives are incorporated into contemporary law. For a woman to prove rape in Pakistan, for example, four adult males of "impeccable" character must witness the penetration, in accordance with Shari'a.


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The author of this article has first hand information information because she lived inKabul before the Soviet invasion. Although it is a short article it has good insight,because the author was able to interview some of the people that are living under Talibanrule.

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Of course, ancient advances do not mean that much to women 14 centuries later if reform is, rather than a process, a historical blip subject to reversal. While it is impossible, given their diversity, to paint one picture of women living under Islam today, it is clear that the religion has been used in most Muslim countries not to liberate but to entrench inequality. The Taliban, with its fanatical subjugation of the female sex, occupies an extreme, but it nevertheless belongs on a continuum that includes, not so far down the line, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan and the relatively moderate states of Egypt and Jordan. Where Muslims have afforded women the greatest degree of equality--in Turkey--they have done so by overthrowing Islamic precepts in favor of secular rule. As Riffat Hassan, professor of religious studies at the University of Louisville, puts it, "The way Islam has been practiced in most Muslim societies for centuries has left millions of Muslim women with battered bodies, minds and souls."

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This is a very informative article that gives the reader good information of the goingson in Afghanistan. The article gives a important study about the physical andpsychological health of women under the Taliban's rule. The article is also easy tounderstand and could be used by the most basic reader.