Hassan Turabi: the next Ayatollah?
While these debates in Algeria and Tunisia were raging Hassan Turabi was invited to address an US Congressional Committee in Washington on precisely this question. An appealing personality with authentic Islamic credentials, Turabi told NPR the West should give Muslims the benefit of the doubt. But his vision of democracy was decidedly radical (an Islamic state and the implementation of the Shari'ah) and his opponents (Arab and non-Arab) argued his track record belied his rhetoric. In 1992 as well as today, the question of whether Islamic groups are sincere in their commitment to democracy and human rights remains unresolved. Today's example s Turkey.