“fundamental ignorance of Islamic history and to their tribal ways of life in which women are clearly marginalized and expected to be subservient to men”
Here’s an idea. Maybe a coalition of progressive college students could go to Afghanistan to protest and demand this stop. That would go well, wouldn’t it?
The College Fix reports:
Scholars, global leaders denounce Taliban decision to bar women indefinitely from Afghan universities
Professors as well as prominent global authorities have condemned the Taliban’s recent decision to bar women indefinitely from colleges and universities in Afghanistan.
A professor at Kabul University in Afghanistan, Ismail Mashal, appeared to tear up his university diplomas in protest on local Afghan station Tolo TV, The Guardian reported December 28.
“If my sister and my mother can’t study, then I do not accept this education,” he said.
Asma Afsaruddin, a professor of Middle Eastern languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington, told The College Fix in an email that the “Taliban’s inexplicable aversion to women attending schools and universities should be attributed to their fundamental ignorance of Islamic history and to their tribal ways of life in which women are clearly marginalized and expected to be subservient to men.”
A spokesman for the Taliban ministry of higher education announced the decision banning women in a letter tweeted December 20.
“Based on [a] cabinet decision…education for women is suspended until further notice,” Hafiz Hashimi wrote in the announcement, translated by CBS News. “The decision should be implemented immediately.”
Afsaruddin told The College Fix in her December 22 email that the decision stands in contrast to other Muslim-majority countries.
“Elsewhere in the modern Muslim-majority world, large percentages of women attend colleges and universities and they are increasingly entering the white-collar professions, such as higher education, medicine, engineering, law, etc.,” said Afsaruddin (pictured).
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