Mohamed Bessi Ibrahim walks into Al-Zitouna Mosque. Wearing a well-fitted blue suit and a big wristwatch, his confidence takes over the room.
He is 37 years old, a teacher and an informatics expert. He has also been a religious scholar for almost 13 years. His main concern is engaging, as a religious leader, with the youth.
Mohamed has an unstoppable will to spread a positive message of tolerance to young people. He uses art as his main tool. He has a theater club and does rap songs that he shares on YouTube. He challenges traditional ways of preaching but stands his ground.
“There are a lot of religious leaders in Tunisia that despise and oppose the arts. That’s very unfortunate because art can serve as an effective channel to deliver positive messages. Religious leaders should renew and renovate their messages to engage young people in Tunisia.”