Tunisians say 'No' to Sharia

27 April 2014
(REUTERS/Anis Mili.)
Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki with the newly signed constitution, 27 January 2014. (REUTERS/Anis Mili.)
<p>The constitution of the second Tunisian Republic, adopted on 27 January, three years after the Tunisian Revolution, is considered almost a miracle: this Arab Muslim country succeeded in getting its Islamists and secularists to agree on a constitution that recognises the Tunisian state as a civil state based on citizenship, popular will and the rule of law. It recognises the role of Islam but Sharia (Islamic law) is not mentioned as a source of law.</p><p>This is the most advanced compromise in the Arab and Muslim countries between Islamists and secular modernists. And this was the will of the people expressed through their representatives in the Constituent Assembly.</p><p>In reality, the constitution is a synthesis of the conflicting demands of politics and religion in Tunisia.</p>
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