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Salafism in Tunisia: An Interview with a Member of Ansar al-Sharia

[Riot policemen protect the justice ministry building, as Tunisians gathered in front of the justice ministry in Tunis, Tuesday 6 November 2012, as part of a demonstration by Salafi Muslims protesting against the imprisonment of hundreds of Salafi militants. Image by Amine Landoulsi/AP Photo.]

The emergence of Salafi movements in post-Ben Ali Tunisia surprised both the international community and many in Tunisia itself. The astonishment was such that when the first Salafi demonstrations took place in downtown Tunis, journalists and observers were talking quite confusingly about the phenomenon. Some accused men of the former regime of having organized the demonstrations by these bearded men, others claimed they were members of the Tahrir Party (a pan-Islamist ...

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Fabio Merone

 

Fabio Merone is an independent researcher and correspondent for NenaNews based in Tunisia where he has lived for the past ten years. He is working on a manuscript (in Italian) on the Tunisian transition and he is currently a research associate on a project on Islamism in the Middle East and North Africa funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.