Hossein Noori Hamedani

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Hossein Noori Hamedani
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Noori Hamedani in Qom
Title Grand Ayatollah
Born 1926 (age 87–88)
Hamedan
Nationality Iranian
Ethnicity Persian
Era Modern era
Region Middle East
Occupation Shia Maraji
Main interest(s) Fiqh, Irfan, Islamic philosophy, Islamic ethics, Hadith and politics
Website www.noorihamedani.com
Signature Hossein Noori Hamedani signature.png

Grand Ayatollah Hosein Nuri-Hamadani (born in 1926) is an Iranian Twelver Shi'a Marja. Nuri-Hamadani has been called a "hard-line cleric,"[1] who has expressed his strong disapproval of Sufis and dervishes, Jews, the intellectual Abdolkarim Soroush and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Hosein Nuri-Hamadani was born in Hamadan, Iran. After finishing elementary studies in Hamadan, at the age of 17 he moved to Qom, Iran to continue his religious studies. He studied in the seminaries of Allameh Tabatabai and Grand Ayatollah Borujerdi. He currently resides and teaches in the Seminary of Qom, Iran.[2]

After 2009 Iranian presidential election, Hamedani took side with Ahmadinejad and attacked those who questioned the accuracy of the election.

Views and activities[edit]

Among his reported views are that Iran "must purge universities of anti-Islamic and atheist professors."[3] In September 2006 he called for a clampdown on dervish groups in Qom. He also issued a fatwa against the attendance of women in stadiums.[4] In early 2008 he issued what some see as an implicit death threat against Iranian intellectual Abdolkarim Soroush, saying “Soroush’s writings are worse than Salman Rushdie’s,” and “Abdolkarim Soroush’s religious theories have undermined the roots of prophecy, the Koran and holy revelations.”[5]


In connection with the Iranian legislature's ratification of a bill on Iranian membership in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), ISNA reported Nuri-Hamadani issued a statement on 2 August 2003 describing the convention as "calamitous and tragic, as well as a Western and U.S. ploy to harm Islam." According to him, when the convention was brought to Qom, all the religious authorities opposed it as contrary to Islam.[6] Click here for image.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Iran's Hardliners Target Universities as Massive Purge Goes On 19 November 2005
  2. ^ official website
  3. ^ Iran's Hardliners Target Universities as Massive Purge Goes On 19 November 2005, stated in a meeting with Iran’s Education Minister
  4. ^ gooya news :: politics : آيت‌‏الله نوری همدانی، از مراجع تقليد: شركت بانوان در مراكز ورزشی آقايان مخالف موازين اسلامی است، ايلنا
  5. ^ Rooz online, english. Soroush awaiting Salman Rushdie’s Fate? accessed 19-MAR-2008
  6. ^ Iran Report 11 August 2003, Volume 6, Number 33

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