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Douja Mamelouk

Scandalous Flag Incident at Mannouba University: A Wake-up Call

[Tunisian salafist with the national flag (red) and salafist flag (black). Image from Tunisia-Live]

The March 7th events at the University of Mannouba in Tunis drew my attention this week: could this be a wake-up call? A salafi who is not a student at the university took down the Tunisian flag from the rooftop of the university and replaced it with the salafi black flag – inscribed in Arabic with la ilaha illa Allah Muhammad rasul Allah (“There is no God but God and Muhammad is His prophet”). We Tunisians say this phrase many times a day; ...

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Douja Mamelouk


Dr. Douja Mamelouk was born and raised in Tunisia. She is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and French at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.