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Leaving Home Always Happens Tomorrow

Khadija Abbasi
It was an autumn night in Mazar-e Sharif. We were all sitting around the sofra [i], having dinner. Ehsan, my 14-year old brother, cracked a joke by telling us about his friend who had been deported from Bandar-e Kabul, the station ...

Militant Poetics: What the Taliban's Verse Says About Them and Us by Faisal Devji

A journalist I know had the opportunity of meeting Mullah Mohammad Omar early in the Taliban’s career, just as they were embarking upon the conquest of Ghazni, in February 1995. The Taliban leader, he told me, extracted the gilded ...

Her name was Farkhunda

Khadija Abbasi
On March 19th 2015, a 27-year old Afghan woman, known only by her first name Farkhunda, was brutally lynched and set on fire by a mob in the streets of Kabul. Her crime? It was alleged that she had burned copies of the Qur’an. The horrific ...