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‘It is a big relief for me’: how the welfare provided by madrassas holds a key to fighting the Taliban

The swift reemergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan after a failed 20-year war means we need to look beyond military solutions to extremism.

One area policymakers should focus on are madrassas — the religious schools that have existed in many Muslim countries for centuries.

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Our research in Pakistan shows the importance of these institutions not just in terms of education and religious fundamentalism, but welfare support, too.

This provides critical lessons for Afghanistan.

Madrassas and the Taliban connection

The exact number of madrassas in Afghanistan is not documented, but many Taliban have studied in them.

There are an…

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