Tunisian Salafists Demonstrate for Sharia under Al Qaeda Banner

Posted by John Rosenthal

As the magazine Le Courrier de l’Atlas has reported, thousands of Islamists, “the majority of them Salafis,” demonstrated in front of the constituent national assembly in Tunis last Friday, in order to demand that the sharia be recognized in the future Tunisian constitution as the fundamental source of the law. Images of the demonstration show [...]

Tunisia: ‘Moderate’ Islamists Wave Al-Qaeda Flag

Posted by John Rosenthal

Rival protests in front of the parliament building in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Saturday saw secular forces face off against Islamists. As a report from Euronews put it, many of the latter “supported Ennahda, the moderate Muslim party most successful in October’s elections.” But despite the talk of “moderation,” the distinctive black flag [...]

‘The Arab Spring has Yet to Begin’: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Sunday, October 16, the Algerian writer Boualem Sansal was awarded the prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade at Frankfurt’s historic St. Paul’s Church. Sansal is the author of six novels, including the widely praised The German Mujahid (Europa Editions, 2009), the first of his novels to be translated into English. The book [...]

‘Democracy is the Best Solvent’: An Interview with Boualem Sansal

Posted by John Rosenthal

The Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal is the author of The German Mujahid (“Le Village d’Allemand” in the original French). The book addresses a unique theme for an Arab author: the Holocaust. Via the reflections of two young brothers in a Parisian banlieue, it tells the story of Hans Schiller: a German SS officer who immigrates to Algeria, converts [...]