Peoples and Ethnic Groups – Pashtunwali: The Code

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Pashtunwali literally means ‘the way of the Pashtuns’, and is a tribal honor code that has governed the Pashtun way of life for centuries. Pashtunwali is practiced by Pashtuns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and by Pashtun refugees around the world. Although it pre-dates Islam the two have become inseparable for many Pashtuns, even though in practice Pashtunwali codes often contradict the Qur’an.  Such is the case with the Pashtun practice of dividing inheritances equally among sons, even though the Qur’an clearly states that women are to receive an equal share. There are many primary and secondary codes that govern every aspect of Pashtun life, but key codes are:

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