March 12, 2012

Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.

Rashid Ghannushi, the intellectual leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement, spoke at a conference in Rome Feb. 29 on the Arab Spring movement.

Ghannushi said Muslims want to be able to let their faith inform political activity.

“The most important thing the Arab Spring has brought is a recovery of religious values and their correct place in political life,” he said.

At the same time, “valuing differences is something new for us,” he said.