The Tunisian election result isn't simply a victory for secularism over Islamism

Analysis, posted 10.31.2014, from Tunisia, in:
Nidaa Tounes founder Beji Caid Essebi (Photo: Mohamed Messara/EPA)

A self-styled, secular, modernist party called Nidaa Tounes won against the Islamist Ennahda party in the Tunisian election this week. For many, the subsequent headline – “Secularist party wins Tunisia elections” – will seem more impressive than the fact Tunisia just completed its second genuinely competitive, peaceful elections since 2011.

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