Amilcar A. Barreto
Daniel R. Faber, David M. Monje
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Department or Academic Unit
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Policy & Society Program
law, policy, society, public policy and social welfare, Taliban, Afghan, Afghanistan, Muslim
Law and Society
Policy analysts frequently portray the Taliban resistance as an exclusively Islamic movement. Culturally deterministic notions regarding Islamic societies have negatively influenced western governments' policies towards Muslim states. The research here advances the hypothesis that the current conflict in Afghanistan is not about "Islam." At its core the Taliban resistance is a nationalist challenge to foreign forces and their Afghan allies. Furthermore, the roots of this movement are foreign occupation, continued years of war and violence, and a lack of genuine effort on the part of the incumbent regime to implement necessary socio-economic and political reforms. This work claims that the success of the Taliban movement is firmly rooted in their appropriation of religious symbols, discourse and terminology -- particularly Shariat, or Islamic law -- to channel the frustrations of a grieving population.
Mariam Atifa Raqib
Raqib, Mariam Atifa, "Resistance by other means: the Taliban, foreign occupation, and Afghan national identity" (2011). Law, Policy, and Society Dissertations. Paper 24. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20001034
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