Tahar Haddad

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Tahar Haddad

Tahar Haddad (Arabic: الطاهر الحداد‎; 1899 – December 1935) was a Tunisian author, scholar and reformer.

Haddad, was born in Tunis to a family of shopkeepers and attended the Great Mosque of Zitounia from 1911 until his graduation in 1920. He became a notary; he abandoned career to become a member of the Al-Destour, a political party. He left the party when he became unsatisfied with the leadership.[1]

Haddad was a feminist. In the 1930 book Our Women in the Shari 'a and Society he advocated for expanded rights for women and said that the interpretations of Islam at the time inhibited women.[2]

Haddad was never exiled at the time where the French colonial government sent his friend and co-founder of the CGTT labor union into exile. For a short period of time, he became the leader of the trade union movement. Haddad died of tuberculosis.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tahar Haddad, Tunisian Social Reformer." Tunisian Community Center. Retrieved on 17 January 2009.
  2. ^ Curtiss, Richard H. "Women's Rights an Affair of State for Tunisia." Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. September/October 1993, Page 50. Retrieved on January 17, 2009.