The ‘Shura’ is a traditional way of resolving differences amongst different groups of people in the Islamic world. Coming from the Arabic word for ‘consultation’ it was traditionally a way for early Islamic tribes to elect new leaders and make the major decisions that affected the tribe as a whole.
Today, the Shura is an equally important part of life in Afghanistan and a way that is being used by British and other ISAF troops to further engage with the local Afghans as part of the ongoing work to improve the state of things in this complicated and troubled country. From trying to improve local services to assisting with children’s educational needs to resolving queries about possible compensation claims the Shura, at every level, continues to play an important role on the road to a more stable and secure Afghanistan.
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