Iran poll likely to bolster feared general

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- An Iranian military commander whom the Americans deem one of their most formidable foes will be a key force in Iran's presidential election in June.

Isfahan beset by violence

ISFAHAN, Iran, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Police and plainclothes security forces clashed with mourners Wednesday at a mosque in Isfahan, Iran, during a ceremony honoring a late dissident ayatollah.
Montazeri service becomes protest rally

Montazeri service becomes protest rally

ISFAHAN, Iran, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Iranian police and anti-government protesters clashed at a memorial service for cleric-turned-critic Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, witnesses said.

Montazeri funeral met with minor clashes

QOM, Iran, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Mourners with the opposition movement in Iran chanted anti-government slogans at the Monday funeral for dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri.

Prominent Iranian cleric, dissident, dies

QOM, Iran, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a leading figure in Iran's 1979 revolution, has died at his home in Qom at age 87, his family said.

Iranian cleric reacts to Khomeini scandal

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- An opposition cleric in Iran said the government was disrespecting the Islamic republic by exploiting the vandalism of pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini.

Ayatollah Montazeri: No freedom in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Iran's highest-ranking Iranian cleric believes the country's Guardian Council is manipulating the law, and says it is a betrayal of the revolution. Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who led the 1979 Islamic Revolution along with Ayatollah Ruholla Kho
Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri
Iranian man holds a picture of dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri as he wrapped green colors around his wrist during Montazeri's funeral ceremony in Qom, Iran on December 21, 2009. Montazeri died at the age of 87 in his home. Iranian mourners turned the funeral into an opposition rally against the Iranian government. UPI

Grand Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri (1922 – 19 December 2009) (Persian: حسینعلی منتظری) was a prominent Iranian Islamic theologian, democracy advocate, writer and human rights activist. He was one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. He was once the designated successor to the revolution's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, with whom he had a falling out in 1989 over government policies that Montazeri said infringed on people's freedom and denied them their rights. Montazeri spent his later years in the holy city of Qom, and remained politically influential in Iran, especially to the reformist movement. He was widely known as the most knowledgeable senior Islamic scholar in Iran. and a Grand Marja (religious authority) of Shi'ite Islam.

For almost three decades, Hussein Ali Montazeri had been one of the main critics of the Islamic Republic's domestic and foreign policy. He had also been an active advocate of civil rights and women's rights in Iran. Montazeri was a prolific writer of books and articles. He was a staunch proponent of an Islamic state, and he argued that post-revolutionary Iran was not being ruled as an Islamic state.

Born in 1922, Montazeri was from a peasant family in Najafabad, a city in Isfahan Province, 250 miles south of Tehran. His early theological education was in Isfahan. Montazeri then went to Qom where he studied under Khomeini and went on to become a teacher at the Faiziyeh Theological School. While there he answered Khomeini's call to protest the White Revolution of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in June 1963 and was active in anti-Shah clerical circles.

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