Tunisia has been very dear to my heart since I went there in the spring of 2013, just two years after its uprisings, an event that shook the world. Although I’ve not been back in the three years since that memorable visit, I’ve followed Tunisian events with great interest from afar. I was thus thrilled to have the opportunity to interview the Tunisian scholar Nadia Marzouki when she was in Denver last month.
Marzouki, a Research Fellow at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, is the author of L’Islam, une religion américaine? (Islam, An American Religion?) and co-editor of two books: Religious Conversions in the Mediterranean World (with Olivier Roy) and the forthcoming Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion (with Roy and Duncan McDonnell).
Her father, Moncef Marzouki, is one of Tunisia’s most prominent political figures: imprisoned three times for his human rights activism under the dictatorship in the 1990s, he was elected president following the revolution, in December of 2011, and in 2015 he launched an opposition political party, Al-Irada.
Nadia’s visit to the University of Denver in May was supported by the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program and co-sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Religious Studies. I conducted this interview for the Middle East Dialogues series.
Special thanks to Diana Aqra, the video’s producer.