TUNIS, Tunisia — Every Friday, bearded men in shin-length robes
demonstrate in Tunisia’s capital against perceived insults to Islam in a
country once known for its aggressive secularism. They have
occasionally turned violent, attacking secular intellectuals and
harassing women for their style of dress.
This emerging movement of believers known as Salafis has
seemingly appeared out of thin air — and prompted fears of a culture war
in this North African country of 10 million.