North Africa

Sacred Terror in Secular Tunisia

Sacred Terror in Secular Tunisia

Tunisia, today, remains mired in corruption and offers few prospects to its youth; it is a very different country than the one dreamed of by the thousands who took to the streets inspired by Bouazizi. A returning ISIS fighter on the systemic dysfunction that has set so many of its youth on the path of radicalization.

Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

Hip Hop Finds Its Groove in North Africa

North African rappers and emcees are boldly approaching hip-hop and the larger Arabic music landscape by exploring taboo themes and proactively deconstructing societal markers of North African identity.

The Long and Troubled History of the French Republic and Islam

The Long and Troubled History of the French Republic and Islam

Ever since Napoleon disembarked at Alexandria, France has had a complicated relationship with North Africa and Islam. Over the centuries it has been marked by politics, power, betrayal and misunderstandings.

Jean-Pierre Filiu
Our Summer in Tunisia

Our Summer in Tunisia

For me, it’s the olfactory sense that first awakens the resurgence of childhood recollections, and the first trip to Tunisia that we took together. I remember the aroma released by a jasmine plant that we had outside the window of our family home.

Farah Abdessamad