Ahmad Khatami

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Ahmad Khatami
Personal details
Born 1960
Semnan, Iran[1]
Political party Conservative
Religion Twelver Shia Islam

Ahmad Khatami is a senior Iranian Ayatollah,[2] as well as a senior member of the Assembly of Experts.[3] In December 2005, Ali Khamenei appointed him as Tehran’s substitute Friday prayer leader.[4]

He was born in the city of Semnan, Iran.[5] He studied at seminaries in Qom and Semnan.

In 2006, during the Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy, Khatami asked the Pope to "fall on his knees in front of a senior Muslim cleric and try to understand Islam."[6] In 2007, he addressed the death sentence issued by Imam Khomeini against Salman Rushdie, saying "In the Islamic Iran that revolutionary fatwa of Imam [Khomeini] is still alive and cannot be changed."[7] In regard to the 2009 Iranian election protests, Khatami denounced demonstrators as rioters who wage war against God ("mohareb"), (a capital crime in Islamic law),[8] and more recently accused reformist presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi of Mohareb as "leaders of sedition."[9]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Iran cleric: Mideast unrest replay of our 1979 Islamic revolution". Haaretz. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  3. ^ "Senior Iranian Cleric Calls For Setting Up Of New UN". RTT News. 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Ahmad Khatami meets Leader". Mehr News. 2005-12-18. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Pope tells Muslims he is 'deeply sorry' for crisis", Malaysia Star, September 17, 2006
  7. ^ "British Muslims". This is London. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Iranian Cleric: Protesters at War With God". VOA News. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  9. ^ Iran opposition leader ready to 'pay any price', by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, AP, 16 February 2011, accessed 4 March 2011

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