After more than 20 years of the outbreak of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the issue of women's rights in Islam remains poorly understood and studied because the political, geopolitical, and economic interests of Western governments have used Muslim women to victimize them.
The Woman Post | Fanny Ochoa Ochoa (Asiah)
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Muslim women in Afghanistan don't need a media blast. The Muslim women of Afghanistan do not want them to be forgotten again and in a short time as evidenced by the fact that in the negotiations between the Western powers and the Taliban they have not taken them into account at all and that President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai no longer it is useful to them and they have taken it out; government in which women have participated. The Muslim women of Afghanistan need that, just as some Muslim majority states unite to defend political, geopolitical, or economic interests, they unite today so that the various theological schools work together and fulfill the rights that women as human beings have and are enshrined in the Qur'an, such as the right to education and work.
Today for women in Afghanistan, two years, 1996 and 2021, seem the same movie, the rise, and resurgence of the Taliban and 2001 their consecration in the world media scene, after the attacks of September 11. A deployment that obeyed the Taliban's connection with Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden, the man most wanted by the American government. And a time when for Afghan women it is a dark period full of suffering and hardship due to the treatment given by the Taliban, who, arguing that they were based on "Islamic law," showed their worst side by placing women as their main victims. Only until 2001, the world became aware of the problem because before it was not a matter of interest to any external government or international Islamic or Western organization.
After more than 20 years of the outbreak of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the issue of women's rights in Islam remains poorly understood and studied because the political, geopolitical, and economic interests of Western governments have used Muslim women to victimize them, generating Islamophobia by introducing the idea of rescuing Muslim women from the clutches of an Islam that goes against their rights and showing the aberrant case of the Taliban as extended to all Muslim societies.
Today the Islamic world is made up of more than 1,800 million, belonging to various theological schools that determine the vision of societies with great developments in all fields and a few minimal groups that, facing times of colonization or simply with an interest in power, see the world in one color as is the case of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and that they consolidated and allied themselves in the same fundamentalist and terrorist discourse in which women are one of their victims due to the literalist interpretation of the sacred text. But, above all, a literalist discourse is known by Western powers with whom they established agreements that guarantee the interests of Western governments and the Taliban and who demanded in these agreements that they will rule under a Salafi-Wahhabi state, according to their particular extremist interpretation; line that has been supported by Western governments under the pretext that the Taliban guarantee the security of these powers. In other words, the Taliban were endorsed from the West with the right to once again discriminate against women and implement fundamentalism more from the patriarchal and macho tradition than really from Islamic or Sharia law and jurisprudence or fiqh according to the development of the time that is alive.
For now, the Muslim woman in Afghanistan is once again forgotten because the sole interest of the West and the deaf ears of the rest of the Islamic world is to guarantee her safety while the Taliban continue to make women invisible in society.
Fanny Ochoa Ochoa (Asiah)
Center for Higher Islamic Studies and Ibero-American Halal Institute
Twitter: @ IslamicStudies6 and @HalalColombia