Extremists in Afghanistan Make Suspicious Claims About Women’s Rights

Extremists in Afghanistan Make Suspicious Claims About Women's Rights

(RepublicanPress.org) – Over the weekend, Taliban soldiers seized control of Afghanistan’s presidential palace and the country for all intents and purposes. On August 17, the Taliban took a significant step towards legitimizing its control over the county when its spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, gave the extremist group’s first press conference.

Mujahid assured reporters, and by extension the world, that Taliban officials would respect women’s rights. However, there was one caveat: they would interpret women’s rights within the confines of Islamic law.

That claim quickly becomes suspicious after a review of Islamic norms regarding women. For instance, the Quran states that men and women come from the “same essence.” But it also says men are “qawwamun,” a term thought to mean “protectors and maintainers.” In simple terms, scholars say it means men are superior to women.

Under those laws, it’s interpreted that many considerations regarding women grant them half the significance of men. The Quran gives women the right to inherit property, but only half that of their brother. The book also states it takes the testimony of two women to equal that of one man.

Actions speak louder than words, which presents another problem regarding the Taliban — their ability to keep their word. The extremist group has been trying to assuage concerns regarding the potential brutality of their incoming regime.

However, on Wednesday, Taliban soldiers resorted to violence when confronted by the first street demonstrations since they took control of Kabul. News reports indicate the soldiers killed at least three individuals and injured as many as a dozen civilians.

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