- A Taliban leader ordered a woman to be stoned to death after she fled forced marriage
- Salbi: Stonings are a result of the search for a new identity in a region plagued with turmoil
- Salbi: It is wrong to legitimize Taliban and ISIS stonings by calling them Islamic
Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi American author, founder of Women for Women International a humanitarian organization, and the host of The Nida'a Show, a one hour entertainment and current affairs talk show for women in Arab world. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author.
(CNN)The stoning of Rokhsana, an Afghan woman who was in her early twenties, this week in Afghanistan shed more ugly light on the treatment of women by the Taliban and religious extremists in parts of the Muslim world -- but to try to explain this practice in religions terms will only give legitimacy to those who are violating the very spirit and principle of religion itself.