Egypt is considered by many to be in a state of paralysis today due to the culmination of events succeeding the 2011 revolution while Tunisia is perceived as significantly more successful in its democratic achievements. Despite the fact that Tunisia sustained an interim government for three years that was dispersed due to varying degrees of discontent within the Tunisian population, its progression has been much greater than that of Egypt which had similar internal issues. This thesis seeks to determine the reasons behind the consequences of Islamists ascension to political power in both Egypt and Tunisia since the Arab Spring. Various factors in the transitional period of both nations, including their historical backgrounds, the military involvement, economies, civil society, and Islamist parties will be important in examining the fates of both transition processes. The reactions towards various obstacles faced during the past three years can all help to explain the paths taken by Tunisia and Egypt.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Graduation Date


Submission Date

May 2015

First Advisor

Koehler, Kevin

Committee Member 1

Soltan, Gamal

Committee Member 2

Kazziha, Walid


130 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

Ḥarakat al-Nahḍah (Tunisia)

Library of Congress Subject Heading 2

Jamʻīyat al-Ikhwān al-Muslimīn (Egypt)


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