Cardinal Fang wrote:It's very good.
I thought though that the Taliban were offshoots from the Wahabi/ Salafist sect rather than from a different grouping. Certainly their virulent hatred of non-muslims/ women/ gay people/ more moderate muslims/ anything later than the 12th century, is identical to the Wahabis in Saudi Arabia.
A quick wikipedia search seems to indicate that the main difference is that Wahabism is, theologically, more oriented towards originalist interpretations of Islam, going back more to the core tenets of the Quran and Hadith. The Deobandi sect that the Taliban are influenced by follow the Fiqhs more.
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