Thirty-four shrines of Tunisian saints have been either burnt or partially destroyed since the revolution, according to the Ministry of Culture. Tunisia’s historical and cultural patrimony finds itself threatened by these incidents, which have caught the attention of the many Tunisians who value the cultural worth of such mausoleums. While the perpetrators are largely believed to be religious hardliners, they are in fact ignorant of the social and religious importance of the shrines they destroy, say historians.
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