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Rachid GhannouchiA Democrat Within Islamism$
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Azzam S. Tamimi

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140001.001.0001

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From Qabis to Paris

From Qabis to Paris

(p.3) 1 From Qabis to Paris
Rachid Ghannouchi

Azzam S. Tamimi

Oxford University Press

Ghannouchi grows up in a Tunisian traditional Islamic yet politically charged milieu of anticolonialist Arab Nationalism.

The journey of his life passes through stations, the first is his country's capital, Tunis, where he studies at the supposedly Islamic institution, Az‐Zaytouna, only to come out of it more confused and almost completely severed from his Islamic roots.

He escapes to Cairo and then to Damascus where he studies philosophy, divorces Nassirism, encounters Islamic groups, such as the Salafis, Hizb‐ut‐Tahrir, and the Muslim Brotherhood, and nationalists groups, such as the Ba’th Party and the Arab Socialist Union, and “reembraces” Islam.

A tour of Europe and then a one‐year study in Paris serve only to consolidate his conversion, attract him to Tablighi Jama’at, and terminate his exile.

On his way back home, he meets what hence becomes his main source of inspiration, Algerian thinker Malik Bennabi.

Keywords:   Arab nationalism, Arab Socialist Union, Az‐Zaytouna, Ba’th Party, Bennabi, Hizb‐ut‐Tahrir, Muslim Brotherhood, Nassirism, Salafis, Tablighi Jama’at

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