Sheikh Dr. Hassan Al-Turabi graduated from the University of Khartoum, 1958, his Masters from London University, and Ph.D in constitutional law from the University of Sorbonne, France, 1962 and became Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Khartoum. He established the Islamic Charter Front, which included alongside the Sudanese Islamic Movement the Salafi group of Ansar al-Sunna and Sufi groups. After the coup of President Nimeiri in 1969 he became a political prisoner for seven years. In 1976 and after the reconciliation with the Nimeiri regime, he became the Minister of Justice, then advisor to the President. After the April Uprising against Nimeiri in 1985, he established the National Islamic Front and became the Minister of Foreign Affairs. With the National Salavation Government in 1989, Turabi founded the the Arabo-Islamic Popular Congress, with several Islamist and nationalistic movemvents from all over Africa and the Arab and Muslim world. After the coup of 1989 he held the position of the head of the Sudanese parliament, but in 1999, and following his disagreement with the current Government in Sudan he established the Popular Conference Party. He has authored several books in politics and the renewal of Islamic thought.
CILE held a seminar on “Politics and Ethics” 8-10 June, 2013 at its headquarters. The participants focused on two questions:
o What is a civil state with Islamic reference?
o What are the ethical limits on freedom of expression in Islam?