GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East

Taliban

Literally translated as "God's Students," this is a radical Islamic group formed in Afghanistan in 1994, whose intention is to turn the country into a "pure" Islamic state, subject to their own strict interpretations of the sharia. Throughout the 1990s, the Taliban committed public executions, stonings, and amputations to enforce sharia, and prohibited gambling, music, videos, and more. Women are to remain as invisible as possible.

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