Hossein Noori Hamedani

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Grand Ayatollah
Hossein Noori Hamedani
آيت الله العظمى حسين نورى همدانى
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Noori Hamedani in Qom
TitleGrand Ayatollah
Born1925 (age 93–94)
ReligionUsuli Twelver Shia Islam
SignatureHossein Noori Hamedani signature.png
Senior posting
Based inQom, Iran

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Noori-Hamedani (Persian: آيت الله العظمى حسين نورى همدانى‎) (born 1925) 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.[2]

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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.”

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.[5]

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