Iqbal al-Gharbi

Iqbal al-Gharbi is a Tunisian psychologist with a doctorate in anthropology from the Université René Descartes at the Sorbonne in France. She is the Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and University Curriculum Reform at the University of Ez-Zitouna in Tunisia, and an advisor to the UN. She has written extensively in promotion of liberal values in Islam, is known as a reformist scholar with a modernist interpretation of the Qur’ān, and her viewpoints have generated heated debate. Her election to the post of director of Tunisia’s Islamic radio station Zitouna FM in September 2011 caused an uproar among conservative currents, and she has been the object of attacks by a group calling themselves the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, in apparent imitation of the Saudi Arabian religious police.