About 98 percent of the people in Tunisia identify as Sunni Muslims. Jewish and Christian communities have a long history in the country as minorities. You still find churches and some synagogues in Tunisia.
The vast majority in Tunisia are Muslims. In the capital Tunis you still find some churches and a synagogue that are still in use
In 2021 a group of young Tunisians visited the synagogue, a church and a mosque in Tunis. Most of the participants had never before visited a place of worship for Jews or Christians
A small Jewish community reside in the capital Tunis.
This place of worship came to existence almost a 100 years ago. Thousands of Jewish people used to live in the region of La Goulette
The Beit Mordechai Synagogue in La Goulette is located in the suburbs of the capital Tunis. It was built in 1910 and it is the only synagogue in active use in Tunis. The synagogue was originally build in two separate floors for men and women. Today it has only one floor.
The synagogue was built on two floors. Downstairs was for men, and upstairs for women
Being the only synagogue in the suburbs, the worshipers decided to restore it. They turned it into a single story building
Prayers are in Hebrew and this is the tone of Djerba
The majority of Tunisia’s Jews live on the island of Djerba. The El Ghriba Synagogue on Djerba is the oldest Jewish synagogue in Tunisia and Africa. The El Ghriba Synagogue is an important place for Jewish people, and it has an active local congregation.
There are different Christian confessions in Tunis, including the Catholic tradition and the Anglican tradition.
The Anglican church has been present in Tunis since around 1850
Since the beginning, the Anglican community was located in the region of Bad Bahr. This church was built at the time where an old cemetery was relocated
The St George’s Anglican Church in Tunis was completed around 1901. In present-day Tunisia, the church’s religious and social activities are mainly aimed at an English-speaking international community residing in Tunis.
The Al-Zitouna mosque is located in the old part of Tunis (the Medina). It is the most important mosque in Tunisia.
This mosque has accommodated worshippers for around 1300 years without interruption
The construction for the Al-Zitouna mosque ended in year 734 AD
Throughout history, the mosque has been an important educational institution in the Islamic world. The mosque is Tunisia's oldest, built about 1300 years ago.
The Al-Zituona mosque was the first educational institution where not only religious affairs were taught. Mathematics, cosmology, algebra, physics, chemistry and medicine were also taught
People of Al Madinah (the medieval Islamic state) were not of the same religion - they were Jewish, Christian, Muslims and others. Still the prophet Muhammed said "The people of Al Madinah is one nation"
The problem is not the differences. Diversity exist. The challenge is how to manage these differences and look for common values.
Visiting each others religions buildings may be a way to learn more about minorities and their history in a community
The worlds's three largest monoteistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - are often referred to as “Abrahamic religions”. This is because their traditions include the patriarch Abraham as their common forefather.
When learning about each other one may also discover similarities between different religious traditions