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Religious Fundamentalism
Religious fundamentalism
Burqas enshroud women in Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, reflecting life under strict Islamic regimes like the Taliban. Overthrown in 2001, the radically fundamentalist Taliban has regained control in some parts of the country. In addition to requiring the burqa, it restricts women's movements, prevents men from shaving or girls from being educated and prohibits singing and dancing.

Life is far from idyllic in Swat, a lush valley once known as “the Switzerland of Pakistan.” Far from Islamabad, the capital, a local leader of the Taliban — the extremist Islamic group that controls parts of the country — uses radio broadcasts to coerce residents into adhering to the Taliban's strict edicts.

“Un-Islamic” activities that are now forbidden — on pain of a lashing or public execution ...

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