Tunisia: Emerging Identities in North Africa

Examine the dynamics between modernity and tradition, Islam and constitutional democracy

offered by SIT Study Abroad

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As the country of the first protests of the Arab Spring, Tunisia is an ideal site for the study of the twin tensions shaping Arab communities today: tradition and modernity. On this program, you will consider the country’s secular tradition, multicultural population, and the recent resurgence of popular Islam and the role of the Islamist movement in shaping the political, social, and cultural landscape of post-revolutionary Tunisia. You will also learn or advance your language skills in Modern Standard Arabic or French. You can also choose to complete either an internship or independent research during the last month of the program. Discover Tunisia’s ancient history, contemporary challenges, and cultural and geographic diversity. Excursions reveal: Tunisia’s extraordinary historic riches The economic causes of the revolution when visiting interior regions where the revolution started The geographic and human diversity of Tunisia’s different regions and the way the country’s tourism industry has exploited this diversity The impact of mass tourism on Sahara and oases lifestyles Economic inequalities between coastal regions and hinterland Please visit our website for more information.


  • Arabic
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Near And Middle Eastern Language Literature And Studies
  • Culture
  • Development Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Justice
  • Anthropology


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