Ali Motahari

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Ali Motahari
Member of The Iranian Parliament
Assumed office
May 26, 2008
Constituency Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat
Majority 380,653 (33.79%; 9th Majlis)[1]
Majority 571,071 (32.80%; 8th Majlis)[1]
Personal details
Born Ali Motahari
January 1958 (age 57)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party People's Voice Coalition
Spouse(s) Narges Ansari (m. 1982)[2]
Relations Ali Larijani (brother-in-law)
Children Morteza, Reza, Leila, Zahra
Parents Morteza Motahari
Azam "Aliyeh" Rouhani
Alma mater University of Tehran
Occupation Politician
Profession University professor
Religion Shi'ite Islam

Ali Motahari (Persian: علی مطهری‎; born January 1958) is an Iranian academic, publisher and politician. Motahari is a member of The Iranian Parliament from Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat. He has been described as a Liberal Conservative[3] and Moderate Conservative[4] politician. Motahari is head of Sadra Publications and teaches at University of Tehran, where he is also an alumni.[2]


Ali Motahari was born in Tehran. His father is noted Islamic scholar Morteza Motahari.

Motahari is a brother-in-law of current Majles Speaker Ali Larijani,[5] and a harsh critic of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[6] He criticized Ahmadinejad for his "self-centered" policies saying: "It is unprecedented and inappropriate that a president simply says I do not accept this law and will not execute it. This is a sign of despotism."[6] Motahari has tried to summon Ahmadinejad to parliament to face questioning and possible impeachment. Though a conservative, he has been something of a maverick.


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