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[Arab., shiat Ali,=the party of Ali], the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%–15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the
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ayatollah

one of a class of Iranian Shiite religious leaders
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Ayatullah Sistani says Abadi's salvation lies in following a course of reforms set by Najaf (see rim4SistaniVsWuF13Apr15).
As head of SCIRI, the grand ayatullah was succeeded by Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, an equally moderate religious leader close to Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf.
The quietists are led by Najaf-based Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani who as a theologian is far superior to Khamenei.
Having played a key role in promoting Khamenei as a successor to the late Imam Khomeini in June 1989, ex-president Ayatullah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has a fairly close relationship with Sistani.
Khou'ei, a moderate of the quietist school, was the son of Grand Ayatullah Abul-Qassem al-Khou'ei who died while under house arrest in Najaf in 1992.
Davari's, The Political Thought of Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhar: An Iranian Theoretician of the Islamic Statei, while an important book, is hurt somewhat by its deviation from the usual structure employed in a work devoted to the thought of a political theorist.
The supreme head, of the state Ayatullah Khamenie the successor of Ayatullah Khomeini admitted defeat and congratulated Khatami.
Moussavi and ex-Speaker Ayatullah Mehdi Karubi remain under house arrest.
President Rowhani is fully backed by two fairly influential ex-presidents: reformist theologian Muhammad Khatami (in office in 1997-05) and pragmatic Ayatullah Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (in office from 1989 to 1997).
When the monarchy fell in early 1979, however, the new leadership under Ayatullah Ruhullah Khomeini immediately cancelled all the LNG export projects.
The highest leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei issued a sharp response to a letter to the country's leadership by Republican lawmakers, deriding it as an indication that Washington is "disintegrating" from within.
Najaf-based Grand Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani, opposed to Iran's theocracy, has said repeatedly the federal government must represent all the segments of the country's society, including the minorities.