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Leyla Dakhli

Tunisian National Interest: Serving Whom?

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Tunisia is currently experiencing an intense hyperbolization of political sentiment. The glorification of the flag originates from multiple factors. Since the first demonstrations following the fall of the regime, the use of the flag has been a sign of a sort of national communion. Today, it has become an object of struggle. Who bears true national legitimacy? Is it the party selected through elections? Is it the opposition party, which claims legitimacy of a different ...

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Où est l’intérêt national et qui le sert ?

[Un panneau à Tunis : « Il n’y a d’allégeance qu’à la Tunisie. » Photo de Tunisia News.]

La Tunisie vit en ce moment un moment d’intense hyperbolisation du sentiment patriotique. Cette glorification du drapeau trouve ses origines dans de multiples facteurs. Alors que dans les premières manifestations suivant la chute du régime l’usage du drapeau était le signe d’une forme  de communion nationale, il est aujourd’hui devenu l’objet d’une lutte. Qui est le détenteur de la vraie légitimité nationale ? Le parti élu à l’issue des élections, son opposition ...

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A Betrayed Revolution?: On the Tunisian Uprising and the Democratic Transition

[Young children play during the 1 May 2012 march in Tunis, Tunisia. Image by scossargilbert/Flickr.]

On the evening of 14 January 2011, a single man was shouting on Bourguiba Avenue, "Ben Ali hrab!" (Ben Ali has fled), celebrating the stunning victory of a revolution. In this cry, the admiration for the people, love for freedom, and sorrow for the dead was heard. He was alone in the dark, on an avenue that an angry mob invaded a few hours earlier. He was a lawyer, one of the many lawyers who supported the revolt with all their strength. On 8 February 2013, more ...

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Leyla Dakhli


Leyla Dakhli is a researcher in Aix-en-Provence (France) at the IREMAM (Institut de recherche et d’études sur le monde arabe et musulman). She is a historian, and her work focuses particularly on the study of Arab intellectuals, cultural, and social history of the South Mediterranean region.