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Local Politics in AfghanistanA Century of Intervention in the Social Order$
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Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199327928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327928.001.0001

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Local Politics and the Taliban

Local Politics and the Taliban

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Local Politics in Afghanistan

Antonio Giustozzi

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how the Taliban dealt with local politics during the last two decades. It shows how the Taliban gained ground in local politics by a ‘divide et impera’ rule and by using the network of religious representatives (mullahs, mawlawis, etc.) as their political agencies. The chapter argues that in many localities, the current success of the Taliban is due to their strategy of introducing basic forms of security and judiciary rather than imposing a radical social concept. In this respect their approach is quite different from that of the current Afghan government and international organisations, which have aimed to alter society by introducing democracy, gender balance, and good governance, but have failed to provide security.

Keywords:   security, judiciary, Afghan government

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