Emergence of Modern Islamic Thought
Post-traditional Islamic politics in Afghanistan began in the late 1950samong Islamic theologians teaching at Kabul University. A small coterie ofscholars, led by Ghulam Muhammad Niazi, who had taken advanced studies atAl-Azhar University in Cairo, gradually attracted students interested in Islamas a modern ideology. Ever sensitive to religious involvement in politics, thenPrime Minister Muhammad Daud arrested leaders in the group and forced itunderground. During the next decade, the university expanded rapidly. Studentsfrom outside Kabul came into increasing contact with the theologians who hadbeen released from prison during the constitutional reforms.
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