Afghan Women Will Gain Their Full Rights Under Islam

Multiple news outlets reported heartening news today from Afghanistan, most of them using identical headlines: “Taliban vow to respect women’s rights”. After seeing the same words in eight or ten different places, I searched to find the details of the Taliban’s promise. I had my suspicions about what they really meant, and it turns out I was right [italics added]:

Taliban Vow to Honor Women’s Rights But Within Islamic Law

Kabul, Afghanistan — A Taliban spokesman promised Tuesday that the insurgents who overran Afghanistan in recent days would respect women’s rights and would not exact revenge, seeking to calm a wary population and skeptical world powers.

In his first news conference, Zabihullah Mujahid, who had been a shadowy figure for years, doubled down on the Taliban’s efforts to convince the world that it has changed from the group that imposed a brutal rule on the country in the 1990s.

Mujahid promised the Taliban would honor women’s rights, but within the norms of Islamic law. He said the group wanted private media to “remain independent,” but stressed journalists “should not work against national values.” And he promised the insurgents would secure Afghanistan — but seek no revenge against those who worked with the former government or with foreign governments or forces.

“We assure you that nobody will go to their doors to ask why they helped,” he said.

Following a blitz across Afghanistan that saw many cities fall to the insurgents without a fight, the Taliban have sought to portray themselves as more moderate than when they last ruled. Earlier, Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, promised amnesty and encouraged women to join the government.

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Samangani addressed the concerns of women, saying they were “the main victims of the more than 40 years of crisis in Afghanistan.”

Afghanistan’s female footballers make tearful calls for help “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is ready to provide women with environment to work and study, and the presence of women in different (government) structures according to Islamic law and in accordance with our cultural values,” he said.

So what does Islamic law say about women? Well, for starters, their testimony in a court of law is worth half that of a man’s. And if they are raped, there must be four male witnesses to the crime, otherwise they will be charged with adultery. If they leave their homes, they must be accompanied by a male relative at all times. They must also cover themselves from head to toe. (The burka is popular in Afghanistan, although the niqab — which allows the eyes to be visible — is also permitted, if I am not mistaken.)

You get the general idea. That’s what “women’s rights” means under the Taliban.

9 thoughts on “Afghan Women Will Gain Their Full Rights Under Islam

  1. Where are are all those protesting feminists? The pc west make leadership choices these days that amount to no more than a bunch of crazy loonies. After Biden I wouldn’t fancy that other highly unqualified unpopular piece of work’s chances of progress.

  2. .
    Ann Linde (S) will force the Taliban to embrace feminism

    Published August 18, 2021 at 09.45 – Fria Tider

    Foreign Minister Ann Linde (SocDem) states that she and the EU “demand” that the Taliban in Afghanistan respect “human rights”. Not least when it comes to women, reports Ekot.

    During a high-profile press conference on Tuesday, the Taliban answered questions, including what the position of women will look like in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which the movement calls its state formation.

    – We will allow women to work and study within our framework. Women will be very active in our society, within our framework, said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

    Foreign Minister Ann Linde says after the EU’s extraordinary foreign ministers’ meeting on the situation in Afghanistan that she and the Union will make tough demands on the Taliban on these issues.

    – Now there are a lot of proposals from the Taliban, they have had a woman interviewed and they say that no one should be afraid and so on. There has been no reason to place much faith in such Taliban statements. What has been said in the political leadership has not happened on the ground, Linde tells Ekot.

    Now it is up to the Taliban to show that it is not just empty rhetoric, according to the 59-year-old Swedish Foreign Minister.

    – We demand human rights, democracy, girls’ and women’s rights, so that we can have any contact with the Taliban at all, Ann Linde thunders.

    That the Taliban would be inclined to care about what Sweden’s feminist government has to say may seem unlikely. Sweden, however, has a possible means of pressure in the form of the giant aid of one billion tax kroner a year that Sida has so far paid out to the country.

    • Oh oh oh oh let me grab a bourbon while I watch that feminaxi Linde tell the taliban how things are going to be, this ought to absolute delicious fun, especially when the shock and awe of it all registers on that smug feminaxi face of hers.

      • She doesnt expect any fact checking as most of her audience don’t search online news for the truth. Otherwise they would all be reading GOV and the Baron would be flooded with comments. They live and talk to each other in a bubble never looking at the real world. In their world “job done”.

        • Well to that I will say, when they dance with the devil, they always have to pay the fiddler for dancing to his tune. Let the horror of it all embrace them with open arms and a smile.

  3. To the media part: supposedly different ‘news outlets’ all over the world now publish their pieces with EXACTLY the same headlines and content. Try and search for this one and look the endless list of identical headlines you get:

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  4. “So what does Islamic law say about women? Well, for starters, their testimony in a court of law is worth half that of a man’s.”

    According to this rule, the believability of testimony depends only on the sex of the testifier, nothing else. Where in the history of Islamic jurisprudence is there an example where, under this rule, the identical testimony of three women was believed over the testimony of one man? Citations, please.

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