Tunisia’s powerful party: A wolf in sheep’s clothing?

24.10.2011                      26.Tischrei. 5772

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Tunisia’s powerful party: A wolf in sheep’s clothing?

Ennahda seeks "moderate" Shari’a state, but members have history of violence, current platform raises questions about role of Islam.

Western media routinely describe Tunisia’s Ennahda party as “moderately Islamist.” The once-banned movement’s own past, however, reveals a tendency to violence, and its current platform raises serious questions about the role of Islam in arguably the Arab world’s most secular state.
Ennahda, or “Renaissance” has its roots in the Islamist university groups that proliferated in the Muslim world’s universities following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The party was officially founded in 1989, two years into the 14-year reign of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali….