By John Murphy
Whereas a lot realization has been concentrated lately upon Iran's fiery and debatable president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the nation's different best strength dealer has remained mostly within the shadows...until now. Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was once born right into a kinfolk of strict piety and reasonable poverty. As a serious-minded non secular pupil, he quickly stuck the attention of the Ayatollah Khomeini. becoming a member of Khomeini in his progressive actions opposed to the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran, Khamenei used to be time and again imprisoned and tortured. Undaunted, he survived to witness Khomeini's victorious go back from exile and was once rewarded for his sacrifices to the Islamic revolution with a chain of significant govt and non secular appointments. Upon Khomeini's demise, Khamenei used to be named his successor and have become the Grand Ayatollah of Iran. This new biography is key interpreting for these desirous to know about a guy more likely to develop into the most influential global leaders of the twenty first century.
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Another Turkic tribe originally from central Asia, the Qajars, who had lived in Iran since the fourteenth century, rose to dominance. They would clumsily usher Iran into the modern world and oversee a period of bewildering global change, instability, and power plays. Long subject to the invasions of neighboring tribes and empires, Iran was about to become the pawn of industrialized Western powers. C H A P T E R 3 The History of Modern Iran In the nineteenth century, Britain and Russia were engaged in what became known as the Great Game.
These activities were all designed to inspire a state of ecstasy. One group of Sufis evolved from a group of monk-like brothers into a military organization bent on holy war against unbelievers. Initially, this group, the Safavids, did battle with Christians in the Caucuses region. But, in 1501, under the leadership of a young man named Ismail, the Safavids, who were Turkoman tribesmen from northern Iran, began to establish a dynasty that controlled all of Iran (extending also to Baghdad and eastern Turkey) for the next two centuries.