Tunisia 2011: Religion in Tunisia - Islam & Sharia, Muslim, Faith
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Religion in Tunisia
The predominant religion in Tunisia, with well over 95% of people, is the Islam.

the interested reader can find in many places on the Internet, with, according to the author, most diverse interpretation and presentation. Both should not be the function of this page, but only the role that Islam plays in Tunisia and in what form he encountered.

First, Islam is by its very nature, is not alone in the religious field, but is also an ideology, which applies to public areas. Tunisia, however, is not an "Islamic state", but only a state of Islamic-style, which means that the parts of Islam, through the strict religious go out, only rudimentary in appearance and sometimes are deliberately not wanted.

For example, the Sharia, the Islamic legal system in Tunisia is not valid - at least officially. In detail, however, the definition of justice in cases of doubt, to be Sharia rules, and this was, for example by an order of the Minister of Justice also justified.

Admittedly, there are no public flogging or stoning, but it may well happen that in a hereditary a Tunisian person who holds a / n "infidels / n" has married, compared with other family members, the shorter pulls.

Moreover, even if already establishes the Constitution of Tunisia noted that the state is dominated by Islam - and thus in many respects, although democratic requirements more or less sufficient, but special requirements can provide.

For example, in Tunisia, following the rules of Islamic marriage between a Tunisian and a person of non-Islamic person is allowed, but in reality there is not a lawyer, a marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim man carries (vice versa on the other hand, there is no problem).

So is the woman the man is treated in succession it is their inheritance according to Islamic standard lower than that of a male family member.
A special problem children from binational marriages, if the father is a Tunisians, because even in Tunisia, the residence of the father over his junior - and that means that his child's country is not without its express permission is allowed to leave. This can lead to a mother her child in Tunisia must leave behind or to the fact that a father his child to Tunisia "hijacked" - and in both cases under Tunisian law is behaving quite correctly. This issue is on this page.

These effects relate mainly to wear covered clothing (especially for older people) and the food selection.

In almost every conversation covered word "allah wu" (Allah / by Allah) should be regarded as an oath has no great importance, he is in fact almost as often as we used the phrase: "I say to you" or "determines / honest / genuine."

Also often falling term "insch allah (God willing) will be practically used as for us," perhaps "or" we will see it "and must not be alone, especially as consent to be understood.

"Extreme" believers in Tunisia, the government will not be tolerated, but are in prison - that is, for example, women wearing the Islamic hijab (as opposed to traditional Tunisian headscarf) or even a Vollschleiers in public areas (University, etc.) are prohibited, as well as the man of the long "Islamic" beard.

These prohibitions are justified by the fact that they are a "untunesisches" behavior, and hence are subversive - the actual background is that the government in an influence of Islamic fundamentalist parties (and possible troubles) and is not interested in any typical fundamentalist behavior to escape from the soil wants.

The bans are not strictly and generally, but with great perseverance enforced so that it de facto in Tunisia today no fundamentalist groups that are in any way publicly in appearance, but rather in "exile" in Europe or in the neighboring country Algeria dodge.
In Tunisia, the visitor is no religious zealot, as for example in Germany, but on a rather loose handling encounter with Islam.

At first glance, "typical" Islamic practices are often a closer look at compliance as a traditional or patriarchal traditional rules as to what in particular the position of men and women in society is concerned (which is also often the cause of Islamic practices in Germany likely to be, just as there will be no state-protected so that it will instead use the "religious freedom" and thus refers not only to state institutions belonging hoodwinked leads).

One is as a visitor in Tunisia so far hardly religiously induced problems, but if in doubt, but rather with the local traditions in confrontation advised. Again, much of that on the one true, is not typical "Islamic" but if all the typical "Tunisian" (or "North").

The Islamic Faith in religious respect throughout the entire population - as a share of almost 99% Muslims, no wonder. Yet there is almost always in a practical interpretation and exercise of faith, which is also reflected in various public acts of human expression.

Not only in the tourist centers, but also in larger settlements and family celebrations can be seen smoking and alcohol-drinking people, or women who dress with cutouts, and often considerable body, and the strong are geschminkt.

A good but not overwhelming, proportion of the population visits the district encountered in any of the mosques and prayer five times a day is everywhere to be heard.

The entrance to mosques is also "infidels" is not permitted - but for certain parts of the complex to be explicitly allowed.

On the other hand, religious subtleties that one knows from Germany, we almost did not - provided that the visitor does not clearly provocative.

All in all Tunisia provides for the non-Muslim visitor is a very pleasant and this un-heated residence.
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