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With usa involvement in Afghanistan, wisdom of the rustic is vital. This "handbook" explains a few easy concerns that are meant to be within the wisdom "toolbox" of a Marine operating with Afghanis or deployed to the rustic.

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These Islamic laws are based primarily on the Qur’an and are called the Sharia. • Muslims must apply these precepts handed down to Muhammad in the sixth century to present-day situations. Interpretation and Reinterpretation This kind of religious legal system, particularly how to interpret the Qur’an and the ahadith, has resulted in a certain degree of divisiveness in Islam, just as varied interpretations of Christian doctrine have caused Christianity to split into various denominations. The two main sects of Islam, which are the schools of Islam, are the • Sunni • Shi'ites (Shi’ia) Continued on next page Afghanistan: An Intro to the Country and People 56 Islamic Schools (Sects), Continued Shi’ites (Shi’ia) The basic divisiveness in Islam is based on an historical incident: • After Muhammad died, there was confusion about who should succeed him as the leader of Islam.

Cave Raiding: Results Although there were some problems, in general, this “cave raiding” was worthwhile: • Documents and computers, with clues to future Al Qaida (Al Qaeda) operations as well as lists of Al Qaida personnel and financial accounts of the group were recovered. • Information about the Al Qaida’s interest in weapons of mass destruction was also forthcoming. Protecting the interim Afghan Government In December 2001, The United Nations assembled the International Security Force (ISAF) to stabilized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

In later years, the Qur’an was recopied and refined; accents and markings for reading were added. Interpretation • The Sunnah is the spoken word and acts of Muhammad. The Sunnah, Muhammad’s actual words and deeds, uses the life of Muhammad to explain and expand on the verses and teachings of the Qur’an so that Islam can eventually become a world religion. • A second form of interpretation is called hadith. This is narration about the life of the prophet or what he approved - as opposed to his life itself, which is the Sunnah.

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