refers to the nationalism
and Tunisian culture
Tunisian nationalism's origins stretch back to the 19th century; however, Tunisian nationalism became a significant political force after 1908 with the founding of the Young Tunisians
movement, and the more significant Destour
(Arabic for "Constitution) Party established after World War I
The Destour Party called for Tunisian autonomy within the French Empire and that France should not dominate Tunisia
's politics and society.
France responded by banning the Destour Party in 1933, resulting in the rise of a more radical nationalist party, the Neo-Destour Party
being formed in 1934 led by Habib Bourguiba
The Neo-Destour Party demanded independence of Tunisia from France, though it respected French and Western culture
and sought to maintain close links with France after independence was achieved.