April 24, 2014

TSG IntelBrief: Tunisia: Tensions With Salafi Institutions

• Salafi-controlled mosques, and the influence on civil society associations and parts of the educational system, present concerns to the Tunisian government despite its recent efforts to counter this dynamic

• The ideological rivalry between the Ennahda Movement political party, with its ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish Islamists, and the Salafis, which represent Saudi Arabia-style ultraconservative Islam, is intensifying

• The significant percentage of Tunisian fighters in Syria—and their eventual return home—also presents a concern for Tunis.