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Taliban and Anti-Modernism

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The Taliban was mostly considered a post-modernist group and their anti-modernist teachings influenced their policies and the fact that they were a group, not a political party lent a certain amount of liberalism in their decisions. Due to this approach in decision-making, international groups were able to establish agreements based on practical concerns, but on matters of principle, they had difficulties securing such agreements. There were also major differences in the Taliban’ s approach to the cities and the countrysides and they saw cities as areas to be governed strictly, and they saw the rural areas being of lesser interest to them (Maley, 2002, p.

232). They found security in these areas and therefore did not interfere much with these areas and the activities in these areas. At first, the Taliban group was able to establish goodwill with the Afghan citizens who were getting tired of corruption among the warlords, brutality and frequent infighting. However, this well-being was not shared by other Afghanis, especially among non-Pashtuns (Creative Commons, 2001, p. 11). The Taliban’ s policies which have been very strict and anti-modern has been qualified as another form of Sharia integrating Pashtun tribal codes or Pashtunwali, with radical meanings drawn and favored by splinter groups (Martin, 2004, p.

34). The jihadist, as well as pan-Islamist ideals, were highly supported by Osama bin Laden who was being protected by the Taliban group. The Taliban ideas were different in many ways from the ideals established and supported by the Mujahideen leaders. These mujahideen were traditionalists or who were on the radical side, as inspired by the Muslim brotherhood. Within the rule of the Taliban, the Sharia law was strictly applied and it was interpreted as a law which now punished acts which were originally permitted in Afghanistan.

These prohibitions were based on traditions and anti-modernist concepts; these included, pork, pig, pig oil, anything made from human hair, satellite dishes, equipment which allowed the enjoyment of music, pool tables, chess, masks, alcohol, television, anything which promotes sex, and other seemingly unreasonable prohibitions.

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