The Taliban and music

In her latest book, The Case for God, Karen Armstrong describes music as ‘the limit of reason.’ She finds it inseparable from religious expression when religion is at ‘its best.’ We do not get the best demonstration of this connection in the Taliban brand of Islam. The faith practised by the Sufis, however, shows an intrinsic link between the two. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Derek Hawkins - Aug 5, 2009 - 12:50 AM PDT
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by Derek Hawkins - Aug. 5, 2009

This is a heartbreaking story of the Taliban's brutal repression of song and dance in Pakistan. We don't see coverage of the cultural impact of the group's campaigns often enough, and when we do it usually centers on the important topic of attitudes towards women. This piece could use a little more narrative, but overall it's highly informative and original.

Interesting to see how a Pakistani writer views the function of jazz in the United States. Warms my heart that she gives it such recognition.

Why the need for censorship? The link between music and politics is now widely recognised. In the US, jazz, a creation of the Creoles of New Orleans, came to reflect the ... More »

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Aug. 5, 2009

Insightful observations about the Taliban's censorship of music - until now. This article points to the recent use of music by Taliban extremists to promote their cause. The author makes some interesting points about the links between music and politics, with a thoughtful perspective about the important role music plays in society - and how it affects even religious extremists.

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Emma Asomba
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by Emma Asomba - Aug. 5, 2009

Very nice article. It pushes you to look for more information about a subject that has not been widely examined. It's well written.

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by becomefirefighter001 - Aug. 5, 2009

When these things are going to end? we talk about peace but it seems we are not even near to that anywhere.

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