The Original Taliban Gazette Book and English Translation Copyright Now Being Offered For Sale

Translating Mullah Omars edicts and directives from Pashto and Dari into English has thus far been a costly labor of love, in search of understanding.

My original intent was to translate his writings into English and offer the book to interested historians, educators, and students. Not being a publisher, I have taken this project as far as I am able to, and am willing to pass the baton to the right person(s) or company.

What you will receive is the original book from Afghanistan pictured above, as well as the copyright certificate for the English rights to the book currently on file in the US copyright office.

This will obviously entitle you to publish and distribute the book in English throughout the world. Purchasing the book will also enable you to have Omars writings translated and published in any other language, as well.

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The following is a contextualized book review of the Taliban Gazette from a female Afghani-American, who served as one of the translators, and has asked to remain anonymous.

"Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, it?s a bit intimidating to share views on the Taliban without being scared of being misunderstood. So again I would appreciate anonymity.

As an Afghan American, I heard varying reports about the Taliban ranging from them being hailed as saviors to being denounced as enemies to the state depending on what political group the person supported. So I've always kept a neutral opinion about the Taliban, because I never knew which accounts to believe.

However, I am frustrated that the media pins all of the problems of Afghanistan on the Taliban. That is quite unfair since much of the atrocities that happened to the Afghan people happened prior to the rise of the Taliban. We had a ten year brutal war with the Soviets where over 2 million Afghans lost their lives. Then we had an equally ugly civil war which destroyed what remained of Kabul . The Northern Alliance was as much to blame for that as the Taliban.

Atrocities against women began the minute the Soviets stepped foot into our country. They lost their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons. They were left to fend for themselves. The whole society was in upheaval...so where would women find opportunities to study, work, and lead productive lives???!!!

Once the Soviets left, the international community turned their backs on these women and the society as a whole. Most of the true freedom fighters (Mujahideen) lost their lives in the struggle for independence. The country was left to the hands of the warlords, who fought only on the sidelines and took advantage of people at every opportunity. These warlords are all war criminals and should be punished, not supported by the U.S.

The Revolutionary Afghan Women's Association (RAWA) was one of the loudest voices against the Taliban, but they also recount the atrocities that happened prior to their rise. Women were being abducted and sold in brothels. Anarchy was rampant and rule of law did not exist.

This is what the Taliban had to deal with-- an entire generation of people who knew nothing but war and chaos. How would one propose to bring order back to this kind of society? The Taliban chose to use a very heavy hand. It had worked for Amir Abdur Rahman, one of the sternest kings of Afghanistan , who is recognized for uniting the country in 1880.

So reading with this historical background in mind, some things I got from reading the Gazette were that:

Interestingly enough, one of the main spokespersons for the Taliban in the U.S. was a non-veiled woman. And many women I've met who lived during the time of the Taliban in Afghanistan recount no horrible incidents against them from the Talibs. I have heard that statistically violence against women during the Taliban actually DECREASED because the Talibs were very strict against anyone who violated a woman. (the translation about women being forbidden from public bathrooms was actually incorrect. It was public bath houses, not bathrooms. It has a different connotation. Actually, the Talibs wanted all public bath houses to close down and separate shower rooms to be created. Public baths have also been shut down in this country because so many other things happen there.)

I am not defending the Taliban by any means since I am sure that women were not treated well under their rule as much as they are ill treated right now. From my understanding, women's rights has been an issue in Afghanistan going centuries back...but, I also know that it is not as horrible as what the media and feminist groups like to portray. Atrocities happen among uneducated and illiterate people, like they happen all over the world. India , Africa, China , even the West all have horrible stories of abuse against women. Why just pick on the Taliban?

These were just some of my observations. As a short book review, I would say that reading this Gazette will give the reader a deeper understanding and view about the vision of the Taliban and the struggles they were facing to rebuild a broken country. It must be read in light of its historical context, because otherwise it will not make much sense.

After reading this, I still feel neutral about the Taliban. They did some things right and got a lot of things wrong. Since I was not there and did not go through the tragedy of war like they did, I don't feel the right to make judgments on them. Much of their rulings were based on Islamic Sharia, and others seemed to be their own interpretation of it. They are definitely not saints, but it seems like they were not demons either."