Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah by Baqer Moin

By Baqer Moin

The Ayatollah Khomeini used to be the main radical Muslim chief of this age. In reworking himself from a conventional Muslim theologian into the charismatic Iranian ruler who took at the global, Khomeini introduced an Islamic revival move that, with the cave in of communism, fast advanced for a few because the centre-piece within the pantheon of western demonology, and for others because the proposal for non secular and political rebirth. no matter if seen as a hero by way of his supporters or as a villain through his enemies, Khomeini was once surely one of many seminal figures of the 20 th century, whose impression will expand a way into the hot millennium.

Baqer Moin the following explores how and why this frail octogenarian, wearing the conventional gowns of a Muslim cleric, overthrew the secular Shah of Iran and have become the religious chief of a brand new and militant Islamic regime. nonetheless an enigma within the West, Khomeini reworked the center East and the realm. yet the place did the fellow come from? What was once his formative years and relations historical past? What lay at the back of his implacable competition to the Shah? What position did the turbulent occasions in Iran in the course of his adolescence play in shaping Khomeini's political perceptions? What replaced him from an imprecise conventional theologian with mystical and poetic tendencies right into a combative and hugely vengeful radical? How will his imaginative and prescient of a world neighborhood of Muslims, a type of Islamic Internationale, impact the center East?

Drawing on many specific own interviews with Khomeini's affiliates, on unpublished new fabrics and at the author's firsthand event in Islamic seminaries, this biography offers a desirable, well-documented and hugely obtainable research of the existence and regarded essentially the most debatable leaders of the past due 20th century.

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