Madrassas don’t just provide an education that may lead to terrorism. They provide critical financial support to impoverished people.
The Hazara have long been targeted in Afghanistan, and many fear violence will intensify with the Taliban in power.
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With the Taliban again in power in Afghanistan, minorities like the Hazara may have the most to lose.
The Taliban on patrol in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, in late August 2021.
Two Afghan researchers explain what led to the emergence of the Taliban in the 1990s and why that history is crucial to understand what’s happening now. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
Students on the campus of Darul Uloom, the Deoband school of Islam located in a small town, Deoband, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Deobandi Islam, the religious school that the Taliban draw their ideology from, was set up in 19th century India to educate Muslim youth.
Pakistan covertly backed the Taliban in Afghanistan for years. But if the Taliban fail to ensure stability now, it could trigger another wave of refugees into Pakistan or more insurgent attacks.
The scene in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, after an Aug. 10, 2021, grenade attack by militants that wounded at least nine civilians. Kashmir has experienced sporadic violence for more than seven decades, including three wars.
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Kashmir has been in conflict since 1947, despite repeated UN and US interventions. An expert in security studies explains why international law has failed to keep the peace.
Hundreds of Afghan citizens, fleeing their home country, await takeoff after packing inside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan.
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Don’t be misled by the scenes from Kabul airport. Most Afghan refugees don’t leave in an airplane and few will settle in the United States.
Afghanistan’s strategic location, and the support for the Taliban from neighbouring countries, means the current Taliban advances were unavoidable.
Many doctors and healthcare staff feel the need to practice in richer countries that offer a more stable politics, better education and opportunities for their families.
India, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa lose thousands of trained doctors each year, lured away to work in richer countries – at great cost to their nation’s healthcare systems.
Afghan men bury a victim of deadly bombings near a girls’ school in May.
In its peace deal with the US, the Taliban ‘pledged’ to prevent al-Qaeda from operating out of Afghanistan. But there are signs the terror group is already there, hiding out of sight.
Pakistan’s president is facing a backlash for his comments on sexual violence against women.
Canada is poised to pass laws aimed at social media companies and harmful online content. Is it the right approach?
Canada needs to think carefully about our approach to regulating online harm. Rather than going it alone and taking aim at social media companies, Canada should work with other democracies.
Bangladeshi children at the Independence Day celebrations in Dhaka in 2012.
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Pakistan, created during the 1947 partition, comprised two geographical areas, separated by over a thousand miles. The fault lines between the two regions resulted in the birth of Bangladesh.
Densely populated areas, like Mathare in Kenya, enable viruses to spread rapidly.
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Slums are a challenge for controlling the pandemic. Strengthening their fragile healthcare provision would help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and future pandemics.
Rohingya refugees wait during distribution of food items in 2017 in Bangladesh.
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A scholar who spent time in refugee camps argues that Bangladesh’s culture as well as a painful history of a war in which 10 million sought refuge played a role in the country’s opening up of its borders.
Debris covered Khumbu glacier in the Everest region of Nepal.
How speculation came to be presented as scientific fact and inspired a decidedly non-glacial race to discover the future of Himalayan glaciers.
A man marks places in a mosque for worshippers to maintain distance during prayers after the government relaxed the weeks-long lockdown that was enforced to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Peshawar, Pakistan.
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The ulema’s reaction to the government’s decision to limit access to mosques — and the civil society’s counter-reaction — should be viewed in terms of challenges to traditional theism in modernity.
Displaced community in Sindh, Pakistan in October 2019.
Displaced people are particularly at risk from zoonotic diseases transmitted between animals and humans.
Waiting for free rations in Sindh province.
Pakistan is using technology to distribute emergency support as part of its coronavirus stimulus. But its criteria for eligibility must be more nuanced.
Pakistani Islamists march to protest the Supreme Court lenient treatment of Asia Bibi, a Christian Pakistani woman accused of blasphemy, in Karachi, Feb. 1, 2019.
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Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia all punish blasphemy harshly – even with death. Such laws have political as well as religious motives, says a scholar on Islamism: They’re a tool for crushing dissent.