La Tunisie Martyre

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manifesto of the tunisian nationalist movement.

Written by two leading Tunisian nationalists, Abd al-Aziz Thaalbi, the founder of the Destour political party, and Ahmad Sakkah, this manifesto was published in Paris in 1921. It presented the key demands and premises of the fledgling Tunisian movement for nationalism. At its heart was the claim that, prior to the French occupation (1881), a viable Tunisian state had been in place, complete with its own constitution, representative assembly, open press, and healthy economy. On the basis of those earlier institutions, a new and independent Tunisia would be established.

see also thaalbi, abd al-aziz.


Micaud, Charles. Tunisia: The Politics of Modernization. New York: Praeger, 1964.

matthew s. gordon