Accession Number : ADA257862


Title :   Tunisia: Islam as a Political Force


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Garland, Jayne E


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a257862.pdf


Report Date : 18 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : In the wake of the Iranian revolution, a number of Middle Eastern countries are experiencing a populist Islam. Described as fundamentalist', these movements appear to be the most serious threat to the governments of these countries. In Tunisia, the government has virtually halted its promised democratic reforms claiming that the Islamists will use the political process to gain control of the government and that they are violent radicals attempting to overthrow the government. This thesis argues that the Islamic movement in Tunisia is neither revolutionary, radical, nor fundamentalist. Islam has played an important role historically in the creation of Tunisian nationalism and the current movement is a political movement attempting to reform a repressive, unresponsive regime.


Descriptors :   *ISLAM , *NORTH AFRICA , *TUNISIA , CONTROL , POLICIES , THESES , AFRICA , POLITICAL REVOLUTION , FRANCE , THREATS , POLITICAL SCIENCE


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Geography


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE