[ US /hoʊˈmeɪni, koʊˈmeɪni/ ]
  1. Iranian religious leader of the Shiites; when Shah Pahlavi's regime fell Khomeini established a new constitution giving himself supreme powers (1900-1989)
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  • A passage from the Ayatollah Khomeini, quoted in an 11th-grade Iranian schoolbook, is revealing. Boing Boing: August 6, 2006 - August 12, 2006 Archives
  • Two prominent antagonists were Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, representing hard-line clerical authority, and sociologist and activist Ali Shariati, representing, according to John Esposito, "a more nonclerical, innovative, creative reformist approach. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd: Iran: One Revolution at a Time
  • They had to condemn Khomeini's intrusion into the affairs of another state.
  • As noted, this new organisation - inclusive though it tried to appear - was devoted to Khomeini's notion of the absolute guardianship of the jurisconsult.
  • Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri—the tufted-eared senior theologian whom Khomeini had called the “fruit of my life,” before he became an outspoken regime critic and finally spiritual mentor of the opposition—died in his sleep in December 2009, during the holy month of Moharram. Let the Swords Encircle Me
  • People are now beginning to openly question the institution of the velayat-e faqih, or the rule of the jurist, which is the Khomeinist system of governance that was implemented in 1979. Will Khamenei sacrifice Ahmadinejad to save himself?
  • Khomeini, many people believe, may have abhorred electoral democracy; but he was forced to compromise with nonclerical Islamists who had been influenced by modern democratic notions. Who Rules Iran?
  • After more than a year of political struggle between different groups, an Islamic republic was established under the Ayatollah Khomeini by popular vote.
  • The key decider during this period - as in the October Surprise phase - was Ayatollah Khomeini, who agreed with the pragmatists on the need to get as much materiel from the Americans and the Israelis as possible, Ben-Menashe said in an interview this week from his home in Canada. Undefined
  • It is a peculiar irony that in today's campaign against Khomeini's political heirs, the opposition movement is appealing to many of the same grievances Khomeini cited in his campaign against the shah.
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