KABUL — For the past week, the Afghan capital has been draped with
black cloth arches and festooned with huge colored banners. Mournful,
pounding chants pour from loudspeakers across the city, filling the air
with slow martial intensity.
The dramatic display is all part of Muharram and the 10-day
Shiite festival that commemorates the slaying of Imam Hussein, a
7th-century holy figure and early champion of Islam. But it is also a
symbol of the growing religious and political freedom that Afghanistan’s long-ostracized Shiites have had in the past decade.
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