On the rise since the late 1970's, the use of Islamic doctrine by various political/paramilitary organizations as a means to muster support or opposition for a particular cause has perhaps been the most marked phenomenon to sweep the region in decades.
Jan 14, 2014
Whereas many observers are lamenting the failure of the “Arab Spring,” Tunisia has proven once again that it is on a march toward democracy. On January 3, the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) began voting on the country’s new constitution. Lawmakers have approved many of the chapters and articles, and the final vote on the entire document should take place within a few days. Surprisingly, many of the controversial articles on state identity, the relationship between religion and politics, and gender equality have passed with a clear majority. The next step is to set dates for the parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of the year.