Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Muslim Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof while a Muslim Tunisian man is allowed to marry a non-Muslim woman.
Human rights groups in the North African country had campaigned for the ban's abolition, saying it undermined the fundamental human right to choose a spouse.
Tunisia is viewed as being ahead of most Arab countries on women's rights, but there is still discrimination, particularly in matters of inheritance.
Daughters are entitled to only half the inheritance given to sons.
In societies where the past reigns over the present, words such as honour are taken literally.
Most Muslim scholars are still living with this medieval mindset, despite the fact that modern-day conflicts are essentially political, not religious.
Mainstream Muslim clerics almost universally see the inheritance rules as enshrined in the Quran, Islam's holy book, and consider the rules on marriage to be equally unquestionable in Islamic law.
The country's leading imams and theologians have issued a statement denouncing the president's proposals as a "flagrant violation of the precepts" of Islam.
Bashar al-Assad’s perplexed official allowed us to enter the country.This colleague then said, with no small degree of condescension: “I repeatedly questioned why Muslim societies are happy to accept their men marrying non-Muslims, but firmly deny their women the same right.This social dualism, in my view, is not triggered just by the literal interpretation of Quranic verses per se, but has its roots in the Muslim world’s medieval evolution.Those men usually respect Islam, and have no intention of changing their partner’s faith.My marriage eventually fell apart for reasons unrelated to faith, but it opened my eyes to the need to respect Muslim women’s choice in marriage, even to non-Muslims.