Tunisia is a small country, but its influential Islamist party has taken a big step by separating its political wing from its religious activities.
The upheavals that have been shaking the Arab-Muslim world are revolutions in discourse as well as in the streets. Arabs are using not only traditional and religious vocabularies, but also a new set of expressions that are modern and represent popular aspirations.
A review of The West and Islam: Religion and Political Thought in World History by Antony Black
The most important aspects of Morocco's September 2007 parliamentary election may have been things that did not happen: The Islamists did not win, and many citizens either did not vote or spoiled their ballots.