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"Coeducation is in conflict with Islam": Taliban announce new restrictions for women

Source : 112 Ukraine

In the future, the Taliban will apply gender segregation in the country's universities
19:41, 12 September 2021

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The Taliban's education minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, announced a series of new restrictions on women and girls' education in Afghanistan at a press conference, DW reports.

Going forward, the Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country's universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic.

"Coeducation is in conflict with the principles of Islam and, on the other hand, it is in conflict with national values and is against the customs and traditions of Afghans," Haqqani said.

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In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.

The Taliban have already said they hope to have women teach female students. If that is not possible, men may teach women, but classes should follow the Taliban's rigid interpretation of Sharia, or Islamic law.

The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.

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