April 1, 2013
Islamist Movement Challenges Universities
In Tunisia and Egypt, the Arab Spring freed higher education from dictatorial rule. But it has also prompted fundamentalists to demand a return to old-time religion.
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Sitting on a curb outside the college where she was recently expelled, Eman is defiant.
"I did it for the sake of God," the 21-year-old Tunisian history student—who asked to be identified only by her first name—said of her insistence on wearing the niqab, the full-face veil. Such a display of piety is banned in the classrooms of the University of Manouba's Faculty of Arts and Letters, and she has been forced to leave. "He will reward
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