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Participation in Non-Islamic Government

Rachid Ghannouchi

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Participation in Non-Islamic Government

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Rachid Ghannouchi (Tunisia, born 1941) received a philosophy degree at the University of Damascus and, after a year of study in France, returned to Tunisia in 1969 as a high school teacher. The following year, Ghannouchi helped to establish a reformist movement that opposed the secular socialism of the ruling party in Tunisia and proffered a modernist interpretation of Islam. This movement, formalized as the Islamic Tendency Movementnow called the Renaissance partygrew to become the leading political opposition in Tunisia, and Ghannouchi its leading figure. After a decade in and out of prison for his political activities, Ghannouchi left Tunisia for Europe in the early 1990s. While similar movements elsewhere in North Africa have turned to armed revolt and antidemocratic rhetoric, Ghannouchi continues to resist radicalization. 1 In this paper, Ghannouchi argues for democratic power-sharing as a nonviolent means to effect a transition to Islamic rule.

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