Tunisian Women in Favour of an Egalitarian Heritage
A Long-Term Battle
Sophie Bessis, 4 October
On last September 13, exactly one month after his promises made on Women’s Day, Beji Caid Essebsi abrogated the 1973 decree prohibiting marriages between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man. But his other promise of equal inheritance rights between the sexes, is a thornier question and keeping (...)
Fertility and Marriage in the Middle East: Paradoxical Trends
Françoise de Bel-Air, 6 June
The demographic transition in most Arab countries seemed irreversible. The levels of childbearing were steadily declining. And yet suddenly they have begun to rise, a rare occurrence in any society. The reasons are many, complex and overturn common beliefs.
Arab demography has given rise to (...)
Debate on Violence Against Women in Tunisia
Obstacle Race for a Draft Law
Giulia Bertoluzzi, 16 May
In Tunisia, the draft law “on the elimination of violence to women,” adopted by the Council of Ministers on 13 July 2016 is currently under revision by the Rights and Freedoms Committee of the Tunisian Parliament. After months of waiting, the Tunisian civil society, gathered around the Ligue des (...)
The Veil and the Political Unconscious of French Republicanism
Joan Wallach Scott, April 2016
The French obsession with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in the West. Why? Analysis of an American historian specializing in France.
The official French preoccupation with the veil exceeds that of most other countries in Western Europe. In the Anglo-American world, even post (...)