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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Origins of a Movement: The Rise and Persistence of the Taliban in Afghanistan

The Taliban were the source of authority in much of Afghanistan once they came to power in 1996 until their initial defeat in 2001. The rise of the Taliban and their unique brand of Islam can be traced back starting decades earlier to the 1970's. The presentation discusses the underlying set of factors which helped to create an environment in which the Taliban were able to assume power in post-Soviet Afghanistan, along with a discussion on how the Taliban implemented their understanding of Islam. The Pushtunwali tribal code and how it adapted with the rise of the Taliban to power will also be explored, along with the future of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Lastly, a review is made of the challenges to those attempting to defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda while working toward greater stability in Afghanistan.

Presenter: Thomas Klotzbach (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)