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Mohamed-Salah Omri


The Tunisian Constitution: The Process and the Outcome

[A copy of the new Tunisian Constitution lays on a parliament member's desk at the Constituent Assembly, in Tunis, Monday, 27 January 2014. Image by Hassene Dridi/AP Photo.]

The National Constituent Assembly (NCA) recently passed the new Tunisian Constitution on 26 January (and endorsed it officially on 27 January), to emotional and widely reported scenes. This constitution may be as important in the way it came about as in what it actually says. In both its formation and its content, much is at stake for Tunisia, the continuing revolutions in the Arab world, and beyond. In a previous extended article, I discuss the culture of constitutionalism ...

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Mohamed-Salah Omri


Mohamed-Salah Omri is Lecturer in Modern Arabic Literature and Tutorial Fellow of St. John’s College at the University of Oxford. He has also taught at Washington University in St. Louis in the US and University of Exeter in Britain, where he was Director of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies. His publications include: Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel’s Maritime Legacy (London: I.B. Tauris, 2010) in collaboration with Maria Fusaro and Colin Heywood; Nationalism, Islam and World Literature: Sites Of Confluence in the Writings of Mahmud al-Mas’adi (London and New York: Routledge, 2006); The Novelization of Islamic Literatures: the intersections of Western, Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Turkish Traditions, a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies (4:3 (2007); and two books with Professor Abdeljalil Temimi. Dr. Omri also writes occasional interventions in the culture and politics of Tunisia, the Maghreb and the Mediterranean more widely.