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Taliban

Syllabification: Tal·i·ban
Pronunciation: /ˈtaləˌban
 
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Definition of Taliban in English:

A fundamentalist Muslim movement whose militia took control of much of Afghanistan from early 1995, and in 1996 took Kabul and set up a radical Islamic state. The movement was forcibly removed from power by the US and its allies after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Origin

from Persian ṭālibān, plural of ṭālib 'student, seeker of knowledge', from Arabic (so named because the movement reputedly began amongst Afghani students exiled in Pakistan).

Derivatives

Talibanization

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Chandra B Khanduri traces the birth and the growth of Taliban and the Talibanization of Afghanistan.
  • ‘There is a growing trend of Talibanization in Pakistan,’ he said.
  • Chapter 6 discusses the growing Talibanization of Pakistan, a process Weaver denotes as Afghanistan moving farther east into South Asia.

Talibanize

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verb
Example sentences
  • In Pakistan the urban middle classes worry that their society may be Talibanized.
  • In the words of many Pakistanis themselves, their country is getting ‘Talibanised‘.
  • The Talibanised approach added fuel to the conflagrations.

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