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.

Bitter Fruit of Arab Spring: Islamic Fundamentalists Challenge Academe 2

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Some women defy a ban on full-face veils at Tunisia's U. of Manouba.

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