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    The ‘Tests of Shame’ and the ‘Homosexual Question’: Tunisia’s Greatest Challenge to Democracy?

The ‘Tests of Shame’ and the ‘Homosexual Question’: Tunisia’s Greatest Challenge to Democracy?

by Guillaume Biganzoli

Tunisia’s harsh repression of homosexuals may endanger the hard-won democratic gains of the Jasmine Revolution, writes Guillaume Biganzoli in a piece originally published on The Caravel.

On 22 September, a 22-year old student named Marwan was sentenced under Article 230 of the Tunisian Penal Code to one year in prison for engaging in sodomy. Members of civil society […]

October 26th, 2015|Tunisia|0 Comments|

Not the Mother of Da’esh, but the Country of Nobel

by Youssef Cherif

The Nobel Peace Prize coronation was the first positive news coming out of Tunisia this year. It came as all of the country’s indicators are going red. It even seemed anachronistic since Tunisia’s reputation has switched recently; gone are the days when it was hailed as being the Arab Spring initiator. The October 9th announcement was therefore […]

October 12th, 2015|Tunisia|0 Comments|

The 3000: Why are thousands of Tunisians flocking to Daesh?

by Youssef Cherif

Tunisia, regarded as the Arab ‘beacon of hope’ and the cliché of Arab secularism and liberalism, raises a lot of expectations. Hence the most pressing point when Tunisia is discussed rotates around the 3000 Tunisian fighters who joined the ranks of Daesh (or ISIS). The problem might lay in a distortion of the nation-building process that started […]

September 3rd, 2015|Tunisia|2 Comments|
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    Salafist Identity Formation between Objective Determinants and Personal Experience

Salafist Identity Formation between Objective Determinants and Personal Experience

by Samiha Hamdi

As we attempt to detect some signs of the social transformations taking place in Tunisia particularly after the 2011 uprising, we find the expansion of Salafism and its effects on the process of identity formation among Tunisian youth to be one of the most important social changes. This article examines the Salafist identity formation process among Tunisian […]

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