The Tunisian Sahel is an extraordinary region for study. A unique and marginal zone in terms of its climate; its relationship to Europe and in its geo-political position as an Arab country in Africa, it provides a fascinating lens through which to study the complex geographical issues of continuity and change. Continuity and Change in the Tunisian Sahel explores just such issues using a number of sub-themes: Islam, the relationships the region has with the global economy, rural development, security, and urban form and function. Based on a well-established fieldwork course, and copiously illustrated with maps, diagrams, photographs, posters, quotations and tables, the book also includes practical advice on how to carry out fieldwork and field investigations in arid and semi-arid regions.
Contents: Introduction and overture. Geographical Contexts: Physical environment; History of Tunisia; Independent Tunisia; Economic development; Population and migration in Tunisia; Women in Tunisia; Tunisia's relations with the European Union: history in five phases; How 'African' is Tunisia? Continuity and Change in the Sahel: Thysdrus and Ancient Rome; Agriculture and fishing; Islam in the Sahel; The challenges of the Sahelian medinas; Security in Monastir and the Sahel; The Tunisian Sahel in context; References; Index.