Dancing Girls of the Swat Valley

Buneri, Shaheen
September 2011
World Policy Journal;Fall2011, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p73
Academic Journal
The article discusses the social conditions of young female dancers in Swat Valley, Pakistan during the late 2000s. Particular focus is given to the impact that the Islamic fundamentalist organization the Pakistani Taliban has had on Swat Valley, including in the implementation of Sharia law and the violent suppression of art, music and dance. An overview of the Pakistani Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah, including his use of radio broadcasting to discourage girls' education, musical expression and polio vaccination, is provided.


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