Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani

Nur Turkmani is an MSc Comparative Politics graduate from the London School of Economics. Before that she studied politics and literature at the American University of Beirut. Her research particularly focuses on gender, secularism, and democratisation in the Middle East.

09 September 2017

There has been a flare-up of public debate in Tunisia following President Beji Caid Essebsi’s controversial decision to form a committee that will reassess and reform the inheritance law. With some exceptions to the rule, this Qur’an-based law stipulates that women receive half the inherited allotment that men do. Essebsi, the leader of the catchall secular party Nidaa Tunis, noted that a reformation of inheritance laws is necessary for gender equality in Tunisia, a country that has become a role model in the Middle East for its democratic transition.