Taliban say burqa is not compulsory for women, hijab is

Burqa not only the hijab which (can) be observed, there are different types of hijab: Taliban (representative)

Strong points

  • There are different types of hijab that are not limited to the burqa, Taliban say
  • The burqa is not the only hijab seen, says Taliban spokesman
  • He did not specify other types of hijab that would be considered acceptable.


The Taliban on Tuesday gave the first indication since taking office that they would not make the full burqa mandatory for women like they did when they last ruled Afghanistan.

Under the uncompromising rule of terrorists from 1996 to 2001, girls’ schools were closed, women were barred from traveling and working, and women were forced to wear full-cover burqas in public.

“The burqa is not the only hijab (headscarf) that (can) be observed, there are different types of hijab not limited to the burqa,” Suhail Shaheen, spokesperson for the group’s political office in Doha, told reporters. UK Sky News.

The burqa is a one-piece tracksuit that covers the entire head and body, with a mesh panel to see through.

Shaheen did not specify other types of hijab that would be considered acceptable by the Taliban.

Along with concerns over clothing, many countries and rights groups have sounded the alarm over the plight of women’s education in Afghanistan now that it is in the hands of extremist militants who entered the country on Sunday. the capital Kabul.

But Shaheen also sought to reassure on this subject.

Women “can get education from primary to higher education, that is, university. We have announced this policy at international conferences, at the Moscow conference and here at the Doha conference ( on Afghanistan), ”Shaheen said.

Thousands of schools in areas captured by the Taliban were still operational, he added.

The previous Taliban government imposed the strictest interpretations of Sharia law, establishing a religious police force to suppress “vice”.

Taliban courts have handed down extreme sentences, including cutting off thieves’ hands and stoning women accused of adultery to death.

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