Nasser Minachi

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Nasser Minachi
Minister of Culture and National Guidance
Minister of Information
Prime Minister Mahdi Bazargan
Tourism Minister
Prime Minister Mahdi Bazargan
Personal details
Born 1931
Died 25 January 2014 (aged 82–83)
Resting place Tehran
Nationality Iranian

Nasser Minachi (1931 – 25 January 2014) was an Iranian politician who held different ministerial positions at the initial phase of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Career and activities[edit]

Minachi was one of the bazaar leaders during the reign of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and cofounded the Hosseiniyeh Ershad, a nontraditional Islamic organization in Tehran.[1][2] He served as the caretaker of the institution until his death.[3] He was also an opposition leader at that time.[4]

He was appointed tourism minister to the interim government led by Mahdi Bazargan on 4 February 1979.[5] He was also a member of the revolutionary council until November 1979.[6] Then he was made the minister of information and publicity in the same cabinet.[7]

The occupiers of the US embassy in Tehran called for Minachi's arrest while he was serving as information minister.[4][8] They accused Minachi of being a CIA agent.[6] Minachi was eventually arrested in his home by the militants in early February 1980.[9] He was freed soon with the intervention of Bazargan.[6]

Later Minachi became the minister of culture and national guidance under the presidency of Abolhassan Banisadr.[4]


Mianchi died of heart failure on 25 January 2014 in Tehran.[3] He was buried in the Hosseiniyeh Ershad mosque.[3]


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  2. ^ Randjbar-Daemi, Siavush (2013). "Building the Islamic State: The Draft Constitution of 1979 Reconsidered". Iranian Studies. 46 (4): 641–663. doi:10.1080/00210862.2013.784519. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Nasser Minachi passed away". The Iran Project. Tehran. IRNA. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Rubin, Barry (1981). Paved with Good Intentions (PDF). New York: Penguin Books. 
  5. ^ Hosseini, Mir M. "5 February 1979 A.D.: Bazargan Becomes Prime Minister". Fouman. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Rouleau, Eric (1980). "Khomenei's Iran". Foreign Affairs. 59 (1). Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Shahidi, Hossein (2007). Journalism in Iran (PDF). London and New York: Routledge. 
  8. ^ "New stirrings in Iran about US hostages, Shah's status". The Christian Science Monitor. 7 February 1980. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Militants arrest Iranian minister". Bangor Daily News. 7 February 1980. Retrieved 10 September 2013.