The Taliban is an ultra-conservative religious and political militant organization that attempts to enforce Sharia law and Islamic government throughout the Middle East and in other lands. The group is known to excommunicate or kill those who do not follow their radical interpretation of Islamic beliefs.
The Taliban is a religious dictatorship. Those under Taliban rule are not free to practice their own religion, nor can they criticize the regime’s governing policies. The Taliban applies a severe interpretation of Islam and the Koran; the group believes that Islamic law must be strictly followed.
The group’s ideological foundation revolves around the strict interpretation and enforcement of Sharia Law, which does not honor politics or political parties. The Taliban believes that the world is divided into infidels and believers or followers of the Islamic faith. They use this ideology and their radical religious interpretations to justify their barbaric attacks and suicide bombings. They believe that such attacks are part of their jihad, or holy war, and a fundamental component of their beliefs.
The Taliban supports and implements severe Islamic punishments, including public executions of convicted adulterers and murders and amputations of those convicted of theft. Under Taliban rule, men are required to grow beards and women are forced to wear burkas to refrain from showing any skin. Television, cinema and music are also banned by the Taliban.