Magazine article Islamic Horizons

IN MEMORIAM: Hassan Al-Turabi

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

IN MEMORIAM: Hassan Al-Turabi

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Scholar and Activist

1932 - 2016

Hassan turabi, the celebrated Sudanese scholar and political leader, is now gone. Born in "British Sudan" and perceived as a militant Islamist who yearned for revolution and change, he altered Sudan's political map.

Self-consciously, this Sudanese scholar's campaigns against his political opponents led to his seizure of the state so that he could fulfill his dream of establishing an Islamic state in the heart of Africa. Real or imagined, the political strategies of his National Islamic Party (The Ikhwan) brought about the country's current situation. Not only did he contribute to country's subsequent polarization, but he also galvanized many of his contemporaries to replicate what Khomeini had achieved in Iran.

Captured by the idea of an Islamic state, he played a major political role before political intrigues and miscalculations brought about his downfall and subsequent life of marginalization and political irrelevance. …

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