Abstract

Abstract:

This article is a case study of how Tunisia's Islamist party, the Ennahda Movement, responded to new political opportunities that opened up after the 2011 Arab uprisings. It argues that Ennahda chose to make a hard-to-reverse commitment to politicization in the pursuit of electoral legitimacy, as protection from repression, and for fear of marginalization. The article demonstrates how the context of a democratic transition exposed internal debates within the movement over ideology, strategy, and organizational structure, ultimately dislocating the relationship between political ambitions and the religious social movement.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 365-384
Launched on MUSE
2018-08-28
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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