Ahmed Gâaloul

Tunesia, 1966

Ahmed Gâaloul had to flee his country at the end of 1990 because of his political attitude and values. He travelled to Morocco to finish his undergraduate studies in philosophy. In 1993, he sought asylum in the United Kingdom and was accepted as a political refugee. In exile, he took up his postgraduate studies, combining an interest in the philosophy of language and Islamic studies. After the successful Tunisian Revolution of 2010, Gâaloul returned to his home country and served as adviser to the newly appointed prime minister Hamadi Jebali. He is currently a member of the Shura council, the most influential body advising the party line, of the islamist party Ennahdha and the executive director of its cultural bureau. Gâaloul has written a number of articles on philosophy, Islamic studies and political affairs. A prolific writer, he also wrote several children’s books and has published two novels.

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