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I’m looking further on this, Rick, and would be happy to see more info if you can guide me. So far I’m not finding anything to tell me anything about Taliban soldiers, their education, their recruitment, or anything other than Taliban as a single unit. I learned that “Taliban” is Pashto for “student,” but that’s just a label.


There is, of course, a ton of info on the education of Afghani women, or lack thereof - ironic, eh? SoI don’t need help finding that.


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I've heard that the best knitted (crocheted?) TV watching blankets come from Afghanistan. They are such perfectionists that they have to intentionally incorporate a flaw, "because only Allah is perfect."


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Log, I think that may be an old wive’s tale. I heard the same thing - repeatedly - about Navaho rug weavers. I hav3 a feeling it’s a pretty story,but maybe not a lot more.

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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
Log, I think that may be an old wive’s tale.
As I hear frequently these days, there’s a lot to unpack there.

First, my interest was primarily on the humorous image of Talibani warriors knitting afghans.

Second, I have heard that ‘only Allah is perfect’ trope numerous times, too, and I understand it to be a bit of sardonic wit. I mean, they make a perfect thing and then imperfectitomize it out of respect for God? Nice combo of ego and disingenuous respect, if you ask me!

Third, I guess the third thing was part of the first thing - an afghan pun and macho Taliban men crocheting (surely the women wouldn’t be allowed to do anything relating to God).


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Originally Posted by logtroll
I've heard that the best knitted (crocheted?) TV watching blankets come from Afghanistan.

Might have to contradict you there as well. A subset of North American women usually called Mom or Grandma make afghans for the generations. Because they are made from anything but natural wool, they will outlast nuclear war and may be the basis of the post-war economy.

Most seem to be in a zigzag pattern, thought to be easy and fast.

I have a small blue one I made in college, and, and a huge olive one my mother made. It covers me chin-to-toe, and I’m 5’8”.

I guess it depends on what you mean by “best,” but in the super-cold days we’ve had in the past few years, those things are lifesavers.


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So you say…


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Taliban are typically "educated" in madrasas, where the total curriculum is memorizing the Koran. Not reading the Koran, or reading anything at all. Just memorizing the whole book in the oral tradition. So by their standards, they are educated perfectly. Sounds pretty much like Evangelicals, no?

I watched an episode of Young Sheldon the other day. Someone asked his mother if she ever read a book besides The Bible. She said:
"When God writes another book, I'll read it."


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I just found this transcript of a PBS “Nightline” episode. It says that Taliban madrassas teach first, reading, and second, the Koran.

If it’s true, and they can read, of course that doesn’t mean they do read.

Interestingly, the transcript also says that this type of extremist education is almost entirely underwritten by our good friends the Saudis.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/saudi/analyses/madrassas.html

The reason I look this stuff up is that generalist statements, particularly about an enemy or someone treated as an enemy, raises some doubt in me, and an interest to know more.


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Originally Posted by Mellowicious
I’m looking further on this, Rick, and would be happy to see more info if you can guide me. .
I get most of my information from NPR's "All Things Considered" and also from Terry Gross' "Fresh Air."

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Originally Posted by logtroll
I've heard that the best knitted (crocheted?) TV watching blankets come from Afghanistan. They are such perfectionists that they have to intentionally incorporate a flaw, "because only Allah is perfect."

I've heard the same about Native Americans - that they purposely put a flaw into their work because only their spiritual beings are perfect. Hmm


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