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See also: taliban, talibán, and Talibán


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From Pashto طالبان(ṭālibān, students, seekers), plural of طالب(ṭālib), from Arabic طَالِب(ṭālib, seeker, student).

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  1. A Sunni Islamic student movement organized in Afghanistan in 1994 by the radical mullah Mohammad Omar.



Taliban (plural Taliban or Talibans)

  1. A Taliban militia.
    • 2005, Merajuddin Pathan, quoted in Scott Baldauf, “Taliban coming in from cold”, in The Christian Science Monitor, 2005 April 28:
      We will deal with the Afghan Taliban through dialogue. And we will handle the Pakistani Taliban with bullets.
    • 2008, Raza Khan, “Afghan, Pakistani Taliban diverge on goals”, in The Washington Times, 2009 November 18:
      Not everyone accepts the premise of a complete rupture between the two Talibans.
    • 2009, Carlotta Gall, “Pakistan and Afghan Taliban Close Ranks”, in The New York Times, 2009 March 27, page A1:
      The Pakistani Taliban, an offspring of the Afghan Taliban, are led by veterans of the fighting in Afghanistan who come from the border regions.
  2. A member of the Taliban movement or its militia; a Talib.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtaːlɪˌbaːn/
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Taliban m (genitive Talibans, plural Taliban)

  1. Taliban, a member of the Taliban movement
    Ein junger Taliban zielte auf meinen Kopf. [1]
    A young Taliban aimed [his gun] at my head.

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As the word Taliban is a plural form in the original language Pashto, the more sophisticated German singular is Talib. However, this latter form is less common in general usage.

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Taliban m

  1. Alternative spelling of Talibã