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date: 17 October 2019

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This article examines the influence of Islam on the development of political discourse in Afghanistan. The analysis spans several historical periods and events from precolonial times to the twenty-first century. It discusses the frequent use of the institution of jihad to mobilize the masses against foreign occupation or intervention. The enforcement of  shari`ah  has also been exploited in order to extend government control through judicial courts and the educational system.

Keywords: political discourse, Afghanistan, Islam, jihad, shari`ah

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