Taliban and Modernity

On March 21, 2023, Harvard Law School's Program in Islamic Law hosted Dr. Haroun Rahimi of the American University of Afghanistan for an online talk.

The presentation explored the Taliban’s approaches to law, rights, governance, education, and the public and private spheres, examining what they can tell us about the problems of modernity within these contexts. The presentation also assessed how to address these problems from within the Islamic tradition if we adopt the paradagim of multitude of modernities. In particular, the presentation focused on possible re-understandings of premodern conceptions of separation of power in the Muslim tradition as a way to counter theocratic authoritarianism in the Muslim context.

Dr. Dilyara Agisheva of Harvard Law School moderated.

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