A culture muted

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A culture muted
In December 1998 an official notice was placed in a local newspaper in the city of Herat in western Afghanistan. It reported that a “number of unlawful instruments and goods” had been collected and publicly burned. The inventory included televisions, cassette players and VCRs and thousands of tapes. The list also included “musical instruments and accessories”, items justified by an accompanying hadith [a report of the sayings or actions of the Prophet Mohammed] declaring that “those who listen to music and songs in this world, on the Day of Judgment molten lead will be poured into their ears”.

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