Tunisia’s Salafists attack artists and smash musical instruments

Because God hates musical instruments.

Many scholars refuse to label the Islamist groups in question as “Salafists” in reference to the Salafist movement that emerged in the late 19th century and early 20th century that was a part of the enlightenment and reform movement that was grounded in peaceful change. Today’s Salafists, unlike their predecessors, pursue women in the streets to force them to wear the hijab or niqab and raid bookshops, tearing books and threaten their owners.

These so-called “Salafists,” according to Abdulraouf Al-Maliki, a Tunisian writer, invaded resorts last summer to expel women and force them to wear traditional jalabiyas, while one of the demonstrations by Salafists in the city of Sousse, a main resort in the country, demanded the expulsion of tourists there.

Following the ouster of dictator Zein El-Abidine Ben Ali, who was toppled in 2011 in a popular uprising that ignited the Arab Spring revolutions, Salafists in Tunisia have grown in strength and number.

Full article at Ahram Online.

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