Association of Combatant Clerics

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Association of Combatant Clerics
General Secretary Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha
Spokesperson Majid Ansari
Head of Council Mohammad Khatami
Founded March 16, 1988; 30 years ago (1988-03-16)
Legalized February 7, 1989; 29 years ago (1989-02-07)[1]
Split from Combatant Clergy Association[2]
Headquarters Tehran, Iran
Newspaper Salam[2]
National affiliation Council for Coordinating the Reforms Front
Other affiliation Coalition For Iran (2004)

The Association of Combatant Clerics[a] (Persian: مجمع روحانیون مبارز‎, translit. majma'-e rowhāniyūn-e mobārez) is an Iranian reformist clerical political party.


Party's old logo

The Association of Combatant Clerics was founded in 1987 after abolition of the Islamic Republic Party, the last political party of that time. The association was originally radical, populist,[3] rather than reformist in orientation, and favored a focus "on exporting the revolution and calling for the state's monopoly over the economy,"[4] rather than democracy and freedom of expression. As of 2007 it advocated limits on clerical power in Iranian politics and extending individual freedoms—though not to the extent that might "lead to secularism or liberalism."[5]

After the resignation of Mehdi Karroubi from the post of secretary general, the party had no secretary general until late August 2005, when Mohammad Mousavi Khoeiniha was elected as the new secretary general. Former President of Iran Mohammad Khatami is the Chairman of the association's Central Council.


According to Muhammad Sahimi, the party "has a significant number of followers and sympathizers among the younger clerics".[6]

Central council members[edit]

28 members of the party's central council are:

Other members[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The party's name has been alternately translated Association of Militant Clergy, Assembly of Combatant Clerics, and Combatant Clerics League


  1. ^ "List of Legally Registerred Parties in Iran". Khorasan Newspaper. Pars Times. July 30, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Bashiriyeh, Hossein (Spring–Summer 2001). "Civil Society and Democratisation during Khatami's First Term". Global Dialogue. Centre for World Dialogue. 3 (2–3): 19–26. ISSN 1986-2601. Archived from the original on 2016-05-07. 
  3. ^ Brumberg, Daniel, Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran, University of Chicago Press, 2001, p.162
  4. ^ Mneisi, Ahmad. "The power shift within Iran's right wing". Archived from the original on 10 February 2006. Retrieved 19 April 2006.  At the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
  5. ^ [Wright, Robin, Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, Penguin Press, 2008, p.300]
  6. ^ Muhammad Sahimi (12 May 2009). "The Political Groups". Tehran Bureau. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 

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