Tunis: Tunisia is going through a mixing of modernity with Islam and it has been so far a unique experience and a challenge at the same time. This was said by an official sitting at a responsible position in the Tunisian government.
The Head of Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA), or interim parliament, Mustapha Ben Jaafar, said that the political experience in the governance that combines Islam and modernity in the period that followed the Arab Spring revolutions is “one of a kind.”
The statement came during a speech Jaafar delivered at the closing session of the Second International Conference on Islam and Democracy in Gammarth, north of the capital few days back.
“The openness of Islam to modernity, its new concepts and adoption of a new approach to accommodate democracy is a great challenge to be earned in Tunisia,” said Jaafar.
Jaafar, also the leader of Ettakatol led by Ennahda (Islamic Renaissance) movement with the coalition of Congress for the Republic (CPR), added that Islam represents an inherent cornerstone in the Tunisian culture, citing the efforts to establish dialogue between the various political parties to achieve understanding and consensus that would lead to the success of the democratic experiment.
Political and intellectual figures and scholars from inside and outside Tunisia have called in their statements during the two-day forum to limit the political struggle between secularists and Islamists, and to find common interests and reject extremism.
The forum witnessed the participation of the Islamic Renaissance’s leaders, including its President Rashid Al-Ghannushi, designated Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh and leaders of a number of opposition parties, including the Secretary General of Call for Tunisia movement, the former minister, Al-TayibBakoush.
The Ambassadors of the US and Germany to Tunisia and a number of Arab, American and European political and academic figures also participated in the forum.