Social and Cultural World Assessment on Afghanistan and the Cultural Differences Between Australia

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Social and Cultural World Assessment.

I have decided to focus on the culture of Afghanistan as I believe it to have vast differences to our western culture. Afghanistan is located in Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan and east of Iran. The population is roughly 29 million, the religion is Muslim and is separated into two sectors being Sunni Muslim 80% and Shi Muslim 19%. Pastu and Dari are the official languages spoken in Afghanistan. Muslim faith is not just a belief but also a strict lifestyle and the majority of Afghanis lives are governed by their religion being Islam.

Afghanistan has been a warring nation since 1978 and has suffered immense repression under the regime of the Taliban who are an extremley brutal and powerful resistance in Afghanistan. In 2001 the United States, with the help of allies ,overthrew the Taliban and established a new republic headed by President Hamid Karzai. Unfortunately Taliban resistance still continues in the South of Afghanistan. Afghanistan is a developing nation.

I am investigating the roles and status of women and men in the Afghanistan society which is predominently Musilm. One of the most profound differences between our culture and the Afghanistan Muslim culture is the role of women and men in the society. The way that Afghanistanian women have to present themselves is vastly different from western women. They dress very modest and conservativley by wearing a Burqa which is a dress that covers them from head to toe showing as little flesh as possible, loose pants and covered shoes although since the Taliban has been overthrown women can wear the more relaxed Muslim style of dress which is coverage of arms and legs etc with a veil covering the head. Men must wear a long sleeved top ending at the kneecaps, with baggy long pants and hatwear which is known as a turban. In western society as long as women and men cover their breasts and genetial areas, enforced by law, they are able to wear whatever they...
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