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The Journey to Democracy

Azzam S. Tamimi

in Rachid Ghannouchi

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140002
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140001.003.0002

Series: Religion and Global Politics

The Journey to Democracy

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Convinced that staying at home was a more worthy cause than returning to Paris to pursue his postgraduate studies, Ghannouchi puts his foot on the road to Islamic political activism that lead him to a clash with the authorities during the reign of Bourguiba, landing him in prison for a period of four years.

Using different platforms, starting with the Qur’anic Preservation Society, then his own Al‐Jama’ah al‐Islaymiyah and the Islamic Tendency Movement (MTI) Ghannouchi seeks to tackle pressing issues within his country, ranging from the need to reform the education curriculum to the demands of political and economic reform.

Interacting with local forces, both Marxist and liberal, and seeking to learn lessons from the Khomeyni‐led revolution in Iran and the Islamic movement in the Sudan, he endeavors to restore respect for the pioneers of nineteenth and twentieth century Arab reformers.

In prison, Ghannouchi has an opportunity to assess the successes and failures of his movement and to document the lessons derived from the past few years.

Keywords: Bourguiba; Iran; Islamic Tendency Movement; Khomeyni; MTI; Sudan

Chapter.  19221 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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