Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution

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The biography, "The spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution" was written by Amir Taheri in 1985. Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, the writer served as editor in chief of Kayhan, a leading newspaper of Iran and thus qualifies well to write about the personality of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the influence that he cast over Iranian politics…

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Khomeini was born in a Sayyid family that claimed to be descendants of Muhammad, from the seventh Imam, (Imam Mousa Kazem). In the early years of his life, Khomeini tried to set his life on the pattern of Mohammad's. Like Mohammad his father died in his early years and he was branded as an "ill-omened" child. Later, he remained affixed to the fundamentals of Islam and became active in promoting and imposing views of his understanding of religion. Like Mohammad, he was exiled and returned victorious to his homeland. The writer describes his arrival in contrast to the Mohammad's arrival, who announced amnesty for all and sundry and took to the reins of the newfound state with a spirit of moderation, clemency, reformation and toleration.
The writer brings out the anti-secular character of Khomeini's personality in the early chapters of the book. As a young scholar Khomeini was politically dormant and devoted his energies mainly towards acquisition of knowledge. Besides religious jurisprudence, he studied philosophy and ethics. He synthesized that religion was applicable in every sphere of life for purposes of good governance. ...
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