‘Read!’: Reminding the Taliban what ‘Iqra’ means

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Eighteen-year-old Marwa is covered from head to toe to protect herself from the harsh winter cold as she stands in a solo protest against the Taliban, holding a handwritten sign that reads Iqra – the first word revealed to the Prophet Muhammad from Allah which means to read. Her protest comes following the Taliban’s latest assault on women’s rights, banning university education for women and prompting outrage. Some women have tried to protest the ban, but they have been swiftly dispersed. A video of Marwa standing up against Taliban gunmen in charge of preventing girls from entering Afghanista…

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