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Konrad Pedziwiatr and Rachela Tonta


Turbulent Muslim Renaissance in Tunisia: Interview with Ennahda's Yusra Ghannouchi

[Image of Ennahda members at a press briefing in Tunisia. Image courtesy of Magharebia/Flickr.]

The political transformations that occurred after the Arab Spring saw the emergence of political Islam with new force. This occurred not only in Tunisia, where the revolutions began, but more widely in the whole Middle East and North Africa region. More than three years after Ben Ali’s fall, Islamists are still part of political processes in Tunisia, whereas in some other places (like Egypt) their role in politics has been significantly restricted. This interview with Dr. ...

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Konrad Pedziwiatr and Rachela Tonta


Konrad Pedziwiatr holds a PhD from the from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). He is currently an assistant professor at the Cracow University of Economics and coordinator of the project "Islamism and Pluralism - The Islamist Movements in Egypt and Tunisia after the Arab Spring." His research interests include: Islam and Muslims in Europe, religions, migrations and social movements in Europe and Middle East and North Africa.

Rachela Tonta holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is currently a researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Islamism and Pluralism project research team. Her research interests include: Shi'a communities in the Arab world, the role of Hezbollah in Lebanon's internal politics, relationship between religion and politics in Iran, social movements in the Middle East and North Africa.