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Kabul school of rock gains acceptance among Muslims

KABUL, Afghanistan (RNS) When the Taliban seized control in 1996, most forms of music were banned, but now a number of young Afghans influenced by Western culture are using music to express themselves -- including at the city's first school of rock. By Ruth Owen/USA Today.

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Are Muslims allowed to dance?

(RNS) The Taliban in Afghanistan beheaded 17 people, allegedly for dancing, according to one Afghan official. The reports shocked people around the world and provided fodder to critics of Islam. Does Islam forbid dancing? By Omar Sacirbey.

Experts say Quran burning 'tailor-made' for Taliban

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Taliban is attempting to capitalize on the outbreak of violence that followed the inadvertent burning of a Quran by NATO troops by characterizing the war as a conflict between infidels and Islam, analysts said.