Hassan Al-Turabi

Sudanese religious and political leader (1932-2016)

Hassan al-Turabi (1 February 1932 – 5 March 2016) was a Sudanese politician and scholar. He was the alleged architect of the 1989 Sudanese military coup that overthrew Sadiq al-Mahdi and installed Omar al-Bashir as president. He has been called "one of the most influential figures in modern Sudanese politics" and a "longtime hard-line ideological leader". He was instrumental in institutionalizing Sharia (Islamic law) in the northern part of the country and was frequently imprisoned in Sudan, but these "periods of detention" were "interspersed with periods of high political office".

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  • Ideally there is no clerical ulama class, which prevents an elitist or theocratic government. Whether termed a religious, a theocratic, or even a secular theocracy, an Islamic state is not a government of the ulama.
    • Roy, Olivier (1994). The Failure of Political Islam. Harvard University Press. p. 36. ISBN 9780674291409.
    • Turabi (1983). Esposito, John (ed.). Voices of Resurgent Islam. p. 245.

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