The Taliban-appointed chancellor of Kabul University has closed the school’s doors to women until “an Islamic environment has been created” despite initial promises that the new government would not bar women from public life.

Chancellor Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat wrote on his unverified Twitter account that due to a lack of female instructors, women would be temporarily excluded from learning and teaching at the university to enforce strict gender separation under Sharia law.

“As long as real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first,” he wrote on Monday.

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Writing in Pashto on Sunday, he said that the university was trying to find ways for men to teach female students in accordance with what he emphasized was “real Islam.”

“To address the shortage of female teachers, we are working on a way that male teachers will be able to teach female students behind the scenes in the classroom, thus creating an Islamic learning environment for women.”

Ghairat clarified that he does not intend the measures to be permanent, saying, “I haven't said that we will never allow women to attend universities or go to work, I meant that until we create an Islamic environment, women will have to stay at home. We work hard to create safe Islamic environment soon.”

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Shortly after the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, they signaled they intended to be less radical than when they ruled the country between 1996 and 2001. Under Taliban rule, women were second-class citizens and were denied almost all participation in public life. Despite international pressure to be more inclusive this time around, the Taliban included no women within their interim government. One spokesman for the Taliban said that women are incapable of performing the duties necessary for public service, and girls between sixth and twelfth grades have not yet been allowed to return to school.

The Taliban have also returned to practices that raised global humanitarian concerns, including reinstating execution and amputations as disciplinary measures.