The association Sawa-med Tunisia in partnership with the LDA Tunisia organized in the evening of May 20 a cultural meeting on the theme “Kairouan and mysticism”. This meeting began with the presentation by Mr Hamadi Messeoudi, President of the University of Kairouan, of the proceedings of the symposium on women’s leadership held in Kairouan on the 25th and 26th of January 2019.

Then, several interventions of academics were held on the theme “Kairouan and mysticism”. Mr Mohamed Ali Hbayeb (University of Manouba) began by presenting a paper entitled “Geography of Holiness in Kairouan through textual sources and data from the field”. Then, Mr Fethi Aydi (University of Sfax) spoke about “the sanctity of Kairouan: obstacle or factor of development”. This study focuses on the impact of holiness on the mobility of the city of Kairouan whether social or otherwise. Mr Riadh Mrabet(University of Tunis) presented on the “Mourabitine society” to promote a better understanding of the birth mechanism of religious fanaticism in Tunisia. Mrs Olfa Boudaya (University of Sfax) presented “the Issaouas of Kairouan in the 19th and 20th centuries: brotherhood rituals to tame the pain”. Finally, Mr Adel Njim (University of Sfax) has developed a presentation on “an ancient religious monument in the Islamic city of Kairouan”, which aims to unveil a very particular type of citizenship, that of the working classes, and show its particular relationship to the official worship.

The interventions were followed by a short debate between the panellists and the audience.

The association Sawa-med Tunisia in partnership with the LDA Tunisia organized in the evening of May 20 a cultural meeting on the theme “Kairouan and mysticism”. This meeting began with the presentation by Mr Hamadi Messeoudi, President of the University of Kairouan, of the proceedings of the symposium on women’s leadership held in Kairouan on the 25th and 26th of January 2019.

Then, several interventions of academics were held on the theme “Kairouan and mysticism”. Mr Mohamed Ali Hbayeb (University of Manouba) began by presenting a paper entitled “Geography of Holiness in Kairouan through textual sources and data from the field”. Then, Mr Fethi Aydi (University of Sfax) spoke about “the sanctity of Kairouan: obstacle or factor of development”. This study focuses on the impact of holiness on the mobility of the city of Kairouan whether social or otherwise. Mr Riadh Mrabet(University of Tunis) presented on the “Mourabitine society” to promote a better understanding of the birth mechanism of religious fanaticism in Tunisia. Mrs Olfa Boudaya (University of Sfax) presented “the Issaouas of Kairouan in the 19th and 20th centuries: brotherhood rituals to tame the pain”. Finally, Mr Adel Njim (University of Sfax) has developed a presentation on “an ancient religious monument in the Islamic city of Kairouan”, which aims to unveil a very particular type of citizenship, that of the working classes, and show its particular relationship to the official worship.

The interventions were followed by a short debate between the panellists and the audience.