Originally, the Tunisian Islamic Front (FIT) was a clandestine organization that engaged in terrorist activities to promote Islam. Recently, the group says its aims are to establish an Islamic civil state based on Sharia while respecting the religious beliefs of minorities." We will not use force to ban alcohol or bikinis. Instead, we will use the force of argument and persuasion to change behaviors and attitudes contrary to the spirit of Islam. In short, we believe that there is no contradiction between the Sharia and modernism. We will not tolerate, however, any attack against the symbols of Islam." In 2011 after Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted from office and Tunisia, most Islamic political parties and their leaders who were in exile were returning to Tunisia. The FIT was one such group but has decried violence. However it is unclear if the group had committed any violent acts previously during Ben Ali's tenure.
Front Islamique Tunisien (FIT)
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