TUNISIA BARES ITS SUFI SOUL & ANXIETY ABOUT ISIL’S IMPRINT

If there can be any measure of Tunisia’s anxiety about the extremist imprint, it came at Sidi Bou Said’s celebration of itself. Last Sunday, the beautiful blue and white village in the Tunisian capital bared its Sufi soul.
Two Sufi groups gathered to sing to praise God, love and life.
“Do you understand what you’re watching?” an older lady stopped and asked us.
We nodded but she continued with urgent emphasis: “This is not Daesh, you know that I hope?”
We were taken aback by her reference to the Arabic acronym for ISIL. And her need to assure us that all Tunisians were not persuaded by the extremist group’s brutal agenda.