Historical Dictionary of Tunisia

TitleHistorical Dictionary of Tunisia
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPerkins KJ
Series TitleHistorical dictionaries of Africa
Edition3rd edition
PublisherRowman & Littlefield

Kenneth J. Perkins, Ph.D. 1973.

The demographically modest, but strategically significant, country of Tunisia has experienced profound and revolutionary change in the almost two decades since the publication of the previous edition of this volume (1997). Most dramatically, a populist uprising in 2011 ousted the entrenched dictatorship whose two heads had successively presided over the country since independence from France in 1956. As Tunisians celebrated this achievement, they inspired similar movements elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa, giving rise to an “Arab Spring” that held out hope for the introduction of transformational innovations in democratic concepts and institutions across the region. Sadly, however, powerful forces of the status quo thwarted these efforts in country after country. But in Tunisia itself, a more hopeful scenario unfolded. In the fall of 2011, elections to a constituent assembly that international observers characterized as free and fair, gave the major Islamic party a plurality of the votes and set Tunisia on a course of participatory democracy.
This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Tunisia contains a chronology, an introduction, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Tunisia.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Acronyms and Abbreviations
About the Author


In this third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tunisia, distinguished emeritus professor at the University of South Carolina, Kenneth J. Perkins, worked diligently to include the vast changes in Tunisia since the last publication of this dictionary in 1997…. The Historical Dictionary of Tunisia is a solid resource for students, teachers, researchers, and those seeking a fundamental understanding of this diverse and richly historical country. Recommended. — American Reference Books Annual