[fund] promotion and application of religious laws

Religious police who fined courting couples for holding hands in Malaysia were criticised by the government for being ‘overzealous’ yesterday.
Amina Lawal has had her appeal adjourned until 27 August 2003 as she seeks to overturn a conviction for adultery.
KABUL - Islamic shariah law is the 'only source' of legislation in Afghanistan, deputy chief justice Fazel Ahmad Manawi has declared.
There has been a whole host of petitions and letter writing campaigns about Amina Lawal (sentenced to stoning to death for adultery in August 2002).
Religious parties won control of North West Frontier Province (NWFP) bordering Afghanistan last year and recently Islamised its laws.
An appeal, due to begin in northern Nigeria for Amina Lawal, a Muslim woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning, has been postponed because the judges failed to turn up.
Indonesia's troubled Aceh province is to establish the country's first criminal court based on Sharia law.
Although all countries are unique, Iran may have claim to more surprising political changes in the past century than any other country existing continuously during that period. Among these changes have been notable alterations in women’s roles and status. The birth of urban mass politics during the constitutional revolution of 1906-11 saw women’s first political activism, which continued after World War 1, though that independence was eventually much diminished under the new Pahlavi dynasty of Reza Shah (1921-41) (Afary, 1996; Bayat, 1978; Paidar, 1995; Sanasarian, 1982).
February 11, 1979
Ayatollah Khomeini and his followers take power after a revolution.

February 26, 1979

Khomeini announces that the Family Protection Law (1967) is abrogated.

March 3, 1979

Khomeini announces that women cannot be judges.

March 6, 1979

Khomeini announces that women are to wear hejab in the workplace.
The innumerable bans imposed by Taliban renders everyday life a veritable punishment.

The latest orders for regulating the life of Afghans came into force yesterday. Their severity reveals the determination of the Taliban, out to capture the parts of the country that have so far evaded them.

In Kabul, life has become a never-ending punishment. Since the enforcement of law on "the commandment of the good and interdiction of the evil", whose latest measures are applicable as of yesterday, everything is forbidden. For the Taliban government, gaiety is suspect.
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