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First it was a civil revolt carried out by an unstructured civil society movement, not inspired by any ideology or leader – not even the Islamist agenda. The months following the “Jasmine Revolution”, many were surprised by a colossal Islamist wave crystalized in the Ennahda organization. This wave, with its ferocious and unexpected might, overwhelmed the Tunisian society and institutions as only a tsunami could. Today, Tunisia is set to choose between building an open, pluralistic and a development-driven Arab and Muslim society, or, slipping irreversibly into an Islamist, totalitarian and a backwardlooking model. Only civil society can prevent the latter from happening, and the legitimate and democratic aspirations once thought attainable from evaporating.
 
 
 
CONTRIBUTOR
Lotfi Maktouf
Lotfi Maktouf

Lotfi Maktouf is the founder and President of Almadanya, a Tunisian NGO formed after the Tunisian revolution to empower citizens through a series of development and cultural programs. He is the author of “Sauver la Tunisie,” in which the concept of “Islamist Protocol” was first developed. An earlier version of this paper was presented and discussed at Stanford University in the context of a conference on “The New Politics of Church and State Relations” on 3-4 December 2015.

This issue was published in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Turkey Office.
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