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What role do tribes play in Afghan Culture? Family?

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Kayla Bass

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of What role do tribes play in Afghan Culture? Family?

What does it mean to be an outsider in Afghan society? Why are people excluded? What does this exclusion look like?
How is treatment of Afghan “others” similar/different to other cultures’ history of oppression?
On what cultural values does the Pashtunwali code place most importance?
Outsiders are usually isolated form the rest of the country by geography and beliefs. Hazara are the outsiders, they have different beliefs in their religions compared to Pashtuns. They also have a different appearance then Pashtuns. Hazara are Shiite Muslims in a Sunni Muslim country. They also have a reputation for industriousness yet they work the least desirable jobs.

They are mainly oppressed by the Taliban, a group in Afghanistan known for terroristic actions. Also a man must speak Pashtun in order to be accepted into the Pashtun tribe.
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What role do tribes play in Afghan Culture? Family?
Afghans are very proud of their, religions and ancestry. Their loyalty is first to their local leaders and their tribe, and their identification with an abstract Afghan nation has always been fragile.
BADAL – (Eye for an Eye) In fact Pashtuns consider themselves equal if not better than his fellow tribesmen and an insult. For example, if you do something bad to someone, the same thing will happen to you as a punishment.
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