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Taliban imposes Hanafi-only policy in Afghan private University Libraries

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Fidel Rahmati
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Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

In a concerning move, the Taliban’s Ministry of Higher Education has issued a directive to private universities in Afghanistan to purge their libraries of non-Hanafi Islamic texts, including Shia and other minority religious books.

This mandate represents an intensification of the Taliban’s effort to enforce a singular Sunni Hanafi Islamic perspective across educational institutions. The order not only demands the removal of these books but also their replacement with texts focused on the Prophet Muhammad’s biographies, underscoring the regime’s rigid interpretation of Islamic teachings.

This policy raises significant concerns about the suppression of religious diversity and academic freedom in Afghanistan.

The removal of Shia and other minority religious texts from university libraries is seen as a direct attack on the country’s religious pluralism. It exacerbates existing tensions between different Islamic sects and highlights the Taliban’s continued imposition of strict religious orthodoxy.

This move comes amidst other restrictive policies by the Taliban, including the ban on women’s education, and has attracted international criticism for curtailing academic and religious freedoms.

The directive reflects a broader pattern of the Taliban’s governance, characterized by the imposition of strict religious laws and the marginalization of minority groups. The international community and human rights organizations are closely monitoring these developments, expressing concerns over the implications for cultural diversity and freedom of expression in Afghanistan.

Taliban’s decree on Hanafi-only policy university libraries.

Meanwhile, The United Nations is actively investigating reports that Afghanistan’s Taliban regime is allowing girls of all ages to attend Islamic religious schools, which were traditionally exclusive to boys, as revealed by the U.N.’s highest-ranking official in the country.

Roza Otunbayeva, the United Nations Secretary-General’s representative in Afghanistan, has confirmed the ongoing investigation into girls’ education in religious schools under Taliban control. She highlighted that the Taliban restrict supervision over these schools, raising concerns about the curriculum and teaching methods.

During a recent meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Otunbayeva revealed that more evidence has been received, indicating an increase in the number of girls attending schools. Despite challenges in overseeing the curriculum, the United Nations is committed to understanding what the Taliban are teaching children.

Reports suggest that some girls are allowed to attend religious schools across Afghanistan, but the extent of their access to education and the quality of that education remains unclear. Failure to provide a modern curriculum and equal access for girls and boys could hinder the Taliban’s economic self-sufficiency plan, according to United Nations officials.

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