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Nura Suleiman


The Disintegrating Fabric of Tunisian Politics: The Niqab Ban and Tunisian Flag Desecration at Manouba University

[A Salafi student speaks with a professor at Manouba University, March 7, 2012, after Salafis raised their flag in place of the Tunisian national flag on campus. Image by Yahya/Demotix.]

It’s difficult to say how it started. For clarity’s sake, let’s begin on 28 November 2011. Enraged at the university’s enforcement of the niqab ban, a group of Salafists took the Dean of the College of Letters at Manouba University hostage. (Students at Manouba, and at universities around the country, are prohibited by presidential decree from wearing the niqab while in class).[1]  Protestors, swelling at times to 200, came to the defense of female ...

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Nura Suleiman


Nura Suleiman holds a BA in International Studies, with a concentration on the Middle East, History, and Arabic, from Middlebury College. She is currently working towards an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes at the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her myriad jobs have ranged from an agroforestry extension agent with the US Peace Corps in Cameroon, to a forensic accounting consultant auditing large-scale development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, to leading work programs in the Dalai Lama's hometown of McLeod Ganj, India.