The ‘Church’ of Bourguiba: Nationalizing Islam in Tunisia

The ‘Church’ of Bourguiba: Nationalizing Islam in Tunisia An inquiry in historical sociology using textual interpretation of educational curricular documents to analyze the role assigned to Islam in the official ideology of Tunisia under its first post-independence president, Habib Bourguiba. Adapting a typology of religions in politics proposed by Bruce Lincoln, the article argues that the rationalized, controlled version of Islam promoted in Tunisia’s schools as part of a top-down revolution has its genealogy in similar efforts in Turkey and earlier in revolutionary and Third Republic France, and should be labeled ‘Jacobin.’ It concludes that the present polarization of Tunisian politics may be attributed in part to the partial success of Bourguiba’s project of republican identity formation, promoting different relationships to Islam among different classes of citizens. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Islam Brill

The ‘Church’ of Bourguiba: Nationalizing Islam in Tunisia

Sociology of Islam, Volume 1 (1-2): 17 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
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© 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Articles
ISSN
2213-140X
eISSN
2213-1418
D.O.I.
10.1163/22131418-00101002
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Abstract

An inquiry in historical sociology using textual interpretation of educational curricular documents to analyze the role assigned to Islam in the official ideology of Tunisia under its first post-independence president, Habib Bourguiba. Adapting a typology of religions in politics proposed by Bruce Lincoln, the article argues that the rationalized, controlled version of Islam promoted in Tunisia’s schools as part of a top-down revolution has its genealogy in similar efforts in Turkey and earlier in revolutionary and Third Republic France, and should be labeled ‘Jacobin.’ It concludes that the present polarization of Tunisian politics may be attributed in part to the partial success of Bourguiba’s project of republican identity formation, promoting different relationships to Islam among different classes of citizens.

Journal

Sociology of IslamBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Tunisia; religion; politics; Islam; education; secularization; ideology; France; Turkey; Bourguiba; revolution; Jacobinism

References

  • The Impact of Education on Individual Modernity in Tunisia

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