Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fundamentalist Muslim group that controlled much of Afghanistan from 1995 until U.S. military intervention in 2001.

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  • proper n. A Sunni Islamic student movement in Afghanistan; organized in 1994 by the radical mullah "Mohammad Omar"
  • n. A Taliban militia.
  • n. A member of the Taliban movement or its militia.

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  • n. a fundamentalist Islamic militia; in 1995 the Taliban militia took over Afghanistan and in 1996 took Kabul and set up an Islamic government

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Pashto tālibān, pl. of tālib, student, from Arabic ṭālib, from ṭalaba, to seek.

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From Pashto طالبان ("students" or "seekers"), a Pashto plural of Arabic طالب ("seeker", "student").

Examples

  • Palin: The Real 'American Taliban' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Palin: The Real \'American Taliban\' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: Sarah Palin, who put her nomination ahead of the welfare of her pregnant daughter, appears to be a fanatic, a kind of Christian "imom," who wants to foist her rabid morals on not just America\'s teens, but on all of us. '

    Palin: The Real 'American Taliban'

  • PETER MARSDEN, AUTHOR, "THE TALIBAN: WAR, RELIGION AND THE NEW ORDER IN AFGHANISTAN": Iran may intentionally be sending young men back, in the hope that they will then be recruited by the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Jun 20, 2007

  • AHMED RASHID, AUTHOR, "TALIBAN: ISLAM, OIL AND THE NEW GREAT GAME IN CENTRAL ASIA": It's very similar to what has been going on -- or what was going on in the early period of the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

    CNN Transcript Mar 17, 2006

  • The taliban - or people indistinguishable from the Taliban - is back in control of huge portions of the country.

    Why I Loathe Clinton and the Democrats

  • JOHN WALKER, TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan studying Islam and I came into contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, AMERICAN TALIBAN FIGHTER: The Taliban have separate branches in the army.

    CNN Transcript Dec 22, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan, studying Islam and I came in to contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2001

  • JOHN WALKER, AMERICAN TALIBAN FIGHTER: I was a student in Pakistan studying Islam and I came into contact with many people who were connected with the Taliban.

    CNN Transcript Dec 20, 2001

  • U.S. policy talks a big game about reconciling with the "small t taliban," but our conflation of the Taliban and al Qaeda blocks any serious attempt at a political settlement.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • REINTEGRATING TALIBAN The Afghan government has recently refocused its efforts on reintegrating Taliban fighters back into Afghan society, targeting low-level militants who can be lured with jobs, cash and development projects for their communities.

    Reuters: Top News

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