Dossier: Ennahda Movement

Women in headscarves demonstrating in Tunis (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Hélé Béji

"Ennahda has an unbelievable capacity to adjust"

Hélé Béji is an independent Tunisian writer and literary scholar. She is related to Habib Bourguiba, the founder of the Tunisian republic and its first president, and is part of a rather progressive intellectual scene. Béji has been watching the Islamists closely since they took power two years ago and is one of the few people who considers Ennahda capable of learning and becoming a major democratic people's party. Christina Omlin spoke to her about recent developments in TunisiaMore

The statue of Ibn Khaldun on the grounds of Ez-Zitouna university (photo: Carolyn Wißing)

Ez-Zitouna University

Helping to shape Tunisia's religious future

After decades of secular state leadership, many Tunisians would like Islam to play a greater role in the social and political life of their country. Some feel that Islamic scholars at Ez-Zitouna University could take on the role of mediator in this process. Reporting from Tunis, Carolyn Wißing has the detailsMore

Habib Selmi (photo: Volker Kaminski)

Interview with Habib Selmi

"Tunisians Are Mature Enough"

The renowned Tunisian author and journalist Habib Selmi talks with Volker Kaminski about his most recent literary work and about the difficult situation of writers and artists in his homelandMore

Christian mass in the church La Goulette in Tunis (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Christians in Tunisia

Cause for Concern

Pressure on Tunisian Christians in Tunisia has grown since the nation's Jasmine Revolution. Observations from Katharina Pfannkuch in TunisMore

Film poster by 'Heureux le Martyr' by Habib Mestiri (photo: Dyonisos)

Political Documentary Films from Tunisia

At the Eye of Tunisia's Political Storm

Not one, but two new Tunisian documentary films focus on the politically motivated assassinations of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi. The results couldn't be more different: while Habib Mestiri observes, Youssef Ben Ammar gets right into the thick of things, filming like a political activist. Two generations, two different approaches, two very different outcomes. Christina Omlin watched both filmsMore

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Death Penalty in Tunisia

On the Way to Class Justice

The death penalty has not been carried out in Tunisia since the early 1990s. But there are still prisoners on death row to this day. In their book "The Siliana Syndrome", authors spotlight an issue that still represents a major social taboo. By Sarah MerschMore

Anti-government rally in Tunisia (photo: Reuters)

Tunisia

Religion's Political Role Expands

Many in Tunisia fear that religious radicals are gaining too much influence over the country's political discourse. The governing Ennahda party, however, has to find a way to appeal to both secularists and Islamists. Katharina Pfannkuch reports from TunisMore

Anti-government protests after the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of Political Assassination in Tunis

Government Opponents Are Put to the Test

Following the assassination of Mohamed Brahmi, the streets of Tunisia are filled with protesters. The political opposition and civil society are facing their greatest challenge since the revolution. Katharina Pfannkuch reports from TunisMore

Amel Grami (photo: DW/U.Scheaffer)

Interview with Amel Grami

''The Arab Revolutions Have Triggered A Male Identity Crisis''

The Arab revolutions are calling traditional gender roles into question. In this interview with Martina Sabra, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami tells how strong women in Tunisia are resisting the Islamisation efforts of both the ruling Ennahda Party and the SalafistsMore

Portest against the economic crisis in Tunis (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Tunisia's Economic Crisis

The Decline of the Middle Class

More than two years have passed since the start of the so-called "Arab Spring" in Tunisia. What began as a fight for social justice became an ideological tug-of-war between Islamists and secular forces. But while the elite engage in theoretical debate, the economic crisis deepens. Katharina Pfannkuch reportsMore

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Islamists Target Tunisia's Universities

Freedom under Threat

When Tunisians revolted against the Ben Ali regime in January 2011, the protesters were joined by many university lecturers and academics hoping to see an end to censorship. But this newly-won freedom for research and tuition in Tunisia again finds itself under threat today. Martina Sabra reportsMore

Amel Grami (photo: Ute Schaeffer)

Interview with Amel Grami

Political Stagnation in the Cradle of the Arab Spring

Tunisia's process of democratic transition has been stagnating since late 2012. The Tunisian people are still waiting for their new constitution. The situation has been exacerbated by the recent murder of opposition politician Chokri Belaid. Ute Schaeffer and Loay Mudhoon spoke to the renowned academic Amel Grami about Tunisia's political crisisMore

Moncef Marzouki (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with Moncef Marzouki

''We Don't Have a Magic Wand''

Ahead of his visit to Germany, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki told Sarah Mersch that his country could take a leaf out of Europe's book as it struggles with the transition to democracy and that Tunisia would welcome help from Germany in a number of areasMore

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh (photo: Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi)

Tunisia's New Interim Government

Looking for a New Beginning

New jobs, discipline and national unity - according to Tunisia's new head of government, Ali Larayedh, this is what the country needs. But time is quickly running out. Ute Schaeffer reports from TunisMore

A supporter of the ruling Ennahda party shouts slogans in support of the party during a demonstration in Tunis February 9, 2013 (photo: Louafi Larbi/Reuters)

Islamism and Secularism after the Arab Spring

Muslim's Multiple Modernities

For Muslim societies, the way to democracy will inevitably involve religious politics, says Nader Hashemi in his essay. And for historical reasons, he argues, Muslim societies will develop different concepts of democracy than the ones common in the WestMore

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