The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.
When King Abdullah, in the first of the seven points, calls for the return to basics, it must be emphasized that the basics here should not be limited to "deep values of love peace, justice and compassion." It should also include the basic rights of individuals and the needs for serious political and socioeconomic reforms.
We face exceptional threats against our nation but, as evident from the president's declaration of the state of emergency, Tunisians are determined not to give in. As a group less likely to commit terrorist acts but disproportionately affected by terrorism, women must play a critical role in countering violent extremism.