Edict: A pronouncement of the Taliban that is binding and enforced.
Mahram: A close male relative - that is a husband, father, brother, or son.
Mujahidin: Literally, "those who struggle." In Afghanistan, this refers specifically to the forces that fought the successive Soviet-backed regimes, although the former mujahidin parties in the United Front continue to use it with reference to themselves.
Namaz: Prayer time for Muslims.
Religious Police: (colloquial) Officials of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (al-Amr bi al-Ma'ruf wa al-Nahi `an al-Munkir), also referred to as "PVPV".
Shalwar: Wide-leg trousers worn under a loose fitting, long blouse as part of traditional regional clothing in Asia and parts of Africa (also known as salvaar).