Taliban forces have disturbed the political stability and taken control of Afghanistan.Taliban has been using religious fundamentalism as a medium for political gains.
It refers to the belief of an individual or a group of individuals in the absolute authority of a sacred religious text or teachings of a particular religious leader or God.Every religion has some elements of fundamentalism and the fundamentalists believe that their own religion is beyond any fault and thus, should be forced on others.
A literal interpretation of religious texts is preferred and every information given in the texts is infallible and there is little room for flexibility. All areas of social life are seen as sacred and the views of fundamentalists are imposed on others in the society. The day to day activities are driven by the norms or rules mentioned the religious texts.
There is a lack of tolerance for other religions in the society. The fundamentalist leaders believe that their religion is superior to other religions. These leaders may prosecute the people to maintain this superiority.
The fundamentalists have conservative beliefs. Generally, traditional roles are accepted and liberalism is questioned. For example, the sexual division of labour is validated. Women are commoditised and domesticated under a patriarchal mindset.