COUNTRY Tunisia DESCRIPTION Tunisia is one of the most progressive and open societies in the Arab world, but Islam is the state religion. Most people are committed to secular dreams of wealth. The government has maintained a secular tone, and militant Islamic groups are outlawed. However, Tunisia's constitution states that its laws must adhere to the teachings of Islam. The president is required to be a Muslim.
Category: Restricted Nation Religion: Muslim 99.66%, Christian 0.22% Ideology: Islam Head of State: President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali
Christian literature cannot be openly distributed, and with so few believers, dissemination is difficult. The government does not welcome Christian evangelism, but tolerance is shown to foreign minorities. Only the Roman Catholic Church is recognized by the government. The U.S. State Department estimates the practicing Christian population at approximately 2,000 and says a few hundred native-born citizens have converted to Christianity. Historically, many who confess Christ return to Islam because of the oppressive environment.