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Ayatollah


Ayatollah Khomeini despised secularist governments in the Middle East.
  a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
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  • Ayatollah Khomeini despised secularist governments in the Middle East.
  • Two days later Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s assassination.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The crash, when it came, was caused by the oil embargo and the Iranian revolution, when the ayatollah took over from the shah.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Under a coverline that read "The Test of Wills," a garish painting of a scowling Ayatollah Khomeini loomed like a banshee over an inset photograph of a defeated-looking Jimmy Carter.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea

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  • His pointed white beard was a carbon copy of the one sported by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Suffice it to say that as our enemies employ the services of such as the PLO and the Red Armies, the Ayatollah’s fanatics and Baader Meinhof, we have mounted our own brigades.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • did you miss this time? A truckload of U.S. missiles to the Ayatollah’s agents in Paris?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Certainly I’m for birth control before abortion, but I’ll tell you one thing, Brittain, if God kept as close an eye on us as you say he does, and if he felt the need to intervene in daily human problems, he’d put on his steel-toed holy boots and come down here and kick your butt for making him look like a mean-spirited, unforgiving ayatollah.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Sadr was especially strong in a part of Baghdad known as Sadr City, a slum named after his father, Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, a grand ayatollah and an opponent of Saddam’s regime during the 1990s.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Everyone’s heard it, like insurgent, Sunni, ayatollah, or Taiwan.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • They were the Ayatollah’s answer to the shah’s Savak, the secret police.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • On August 29, a massive car bomb exploded outside a Shiite mosque in Najaf and killed eighty people, including the revered and greatly loved Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammad Baqir al-Hakin.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • "But this" he gestured to the horde of unsmiling Iranians scurrying through the streets of the ayatollah’s Islamic Republic "is not what we wanted."
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • In most cases his American schooling provided prestige, but in the offices of the ayatollah’s government he encountered some prejudice.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • We walked through dingy halls, past a huge picture of the scowling ayatollah, and countless posters depicting the glories of war.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Why would they risk the harsh penalties imposed by the ayatollah for any violation of Islamic law?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The ayatollah’s own agents, soldiers, police, and pasdar were everywhere.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • A school system such as this could create an entire nation that would obey unquestionably, even to death, an ayatollah who served as the intelligence and conscience of the land.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • How could I-a Christian, an American, a woman dare to offer my explanation of the Koran over the views of Imam Reza, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Baba Hajji, and, indeed, my own husband?
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Half of the clan lived like Ameh Bozorg, oblivious to squalor, contemptuous of western customs and ideals, and clinging to their own zealous brand of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s fanatical Shiite sect of Islam.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Then came a five-minute segment of Lebanese news because the Shiite Moslems in Lebanon are a strong and violent faction backed by Iran, loyal to the Ayatollah Khomeini and a three-minute wrap-up of world news, which meant some negative report about America.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Moody had resisted for five years, but Hormoz, almost at once, decided to return to live under the government of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • But I knew better than to believe any tale of splendor in the ayatollah’s republic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • They are used to living in a clandestine manner, probably under the shah as well as the ayatollah.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He told them that I hated the Ayatollah Khomeini, which was true and believable, and that I was an agent of the C.I.A.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • When the shah left Iran and, the following day, the Ayatollah Khomeini staged a triumphant return, Moody found cause for celebration.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I knew that I remained alive only at the whim of Moody and his ayatollah.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • This sacred duty was most often performed by President Hojatoleslam Seyed Ali Khamenei (not to be confused with the Ayatollah Ruhollab Khomeini, who, as religious leader, outranks even the president), assisted by Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of the house.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • From his exile in Paris, the Ayatollah Khomeini now began to issue harsh pronouncements against the shah in particular, and western influence in general.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • At first, from his comfortable vantage point nearly half a world away, he had felt secure enough to proclaim his zeal for the revolution and for the ayatollah’s dream of turning Iran into an Islamic republic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The Ayatollah Khomeini only a few years ago.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The festival encompassed all of Islam, not merely Iran, and, therefore, political rhetoric this day was confined to isolated caucuses of Iranians who chattered happily about the ayatollah’s successful attempt to centralize power.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • By day he is a successful businessman, outwardly supportive of the ayatollah’s government.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Happiness and joy were out of place during this wartime period of pain and suffering, said the ayatollah.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Moody had certainly thought against the ayatollah’s government.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The picture of the scowling Ayatollah Khomeini was relegated to the attic.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The Kurds had been hostile to the shah’s government and were equally hostile to the ayatollah’s.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Moody now drove to Alpena and spent Saturday and Sunday in conversation with Mammal, catching up on family matters, once again gushing over the Ayatollah Khomeini, slurring western-and particularly American-customs and morals.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Ayatollah [6] , imam [4] , mullah [4]
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