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About Mohamed-Salah Omri

Mohamed-Salah Omri is a tutorial fellow at St. John’s College and a Lecturer in Modern Arabic at the University of Oxford.

Articles by Mohamed-Salah Omri

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Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Tunisia’s moment of truth: process, outcomes, expectations

The historic televised public testimonies of survivors of the repressive regimes in Tunisia since 1950s can open the way for transitional justice in the country.

The Tunisian revolution three years on

Tunisia has moved from a romantic story to a testing ground for transnational political Islam, the global strength of the market economy and the potential for progressive politics and a new way of being in our world.

Trade unions and the construction of a specifically Tunisian protest configuration

To understand Tunisia, one must get to grips with its labour movement. UGTT has enjoyed a continuity in history and presence across the country which is paralleled only by the ruling party at its height under Bourguiba and Ben Ali.

The global and local re-packaging and marketing of a “moderate” Islamist leader

In Tunisia, the resigning former Prime Minister and Ennahda leader, Hamadi Jebali, is being groomed for a presidential role by his party as well as international players, in a bid to market an “acceptable” Islamism.  

Harlem Shake Tunisia-style

Such a division over bodies stands in dialectical relationship to the division of the body politic in the country. It is a result of a polarized polity and the visible expression of it at the same time.

The assassination of the political leader Chokri Belaid: is it the end of Tunisian exceptionalism?

Responses to his death may well mark the end of the line for Islamist politics as we know it in Tunisia.  It may also mark the rise of a unified opposition, which now realizes that its fight is not only, or no longer, for freedom of expression and association but an existential one, a matter of survival.

Tunisian constitutionalism and the draft constitution of December 2012

One may indeed speak of an orderly, leaderless transfer of power in January 2011 specifically because constitutionalism was strong and alive.

The upcoming general strike in Tunisia: a historical perspective

The first general strike in Tunisia since 1978 takes place in a much-changed country and against old friends but for rather similar reasons.

The first anniversary of democracy in Tunisia is a few days away: is there anything to celebrate?

Tunisians went to the polls almost exactly one year ago, in their first and free elections, the major outcome of the revolution. Today, Tunisia stands fragmented politically, its economy is struggling and its social protests remain unabated. And its first anniversary may be marked in ways that are almost as surprising as its revolution was.

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