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Only a small fraction of Afghans are not Muslim. Some Sikhs, Hindus, and Jews live in Afghanistan and are typically urban dwellers. The Prophet Muhammad founded the Islamic religion in the early seventh century. Muhammad’s teachings guide the Muslims in the economic, social, political, and personal situations they face daily. His teachings, believed by Muslims to have come from Allah, are recorded in the Koran. The Koran is the Muslim holy book. This book includes the five pillars, or laws, of Islam.
They live in the northern border regions where they grow rice, vegetables, and wheat. Other smaller ethnic groups live in Afghanistan. These include the Aimaq, Arab, Kirghiz, Wakhi, Farsiwan, Nuristani, Baluch, Brahui, Qizilbash, Kabuli, and Jat. These groups each live in different parts of Afghanistan. They tend to live in the rough land near the borders. A People Divided 29 WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST There are many ethnic groups, but some are not interested in blending with other groups.
1998 Taliban controls more than 85 percent of Afghanistan. Mullah Muhammad Omar rules from Kandahar. President Rabbani, though still recognized as the legitimate leader of the country, lives outside of Afghanistan. The country becomes a center of international terrorism and heroin production. 2001 Under the leadership of Osama bin Laden, hijackers attack American targets. S. military bombs targets in Afghanistan when the Taliban refuses to turn over Osama bin Laden. -led military assaults drive the Taliban from Kabul.