The Hojjatiyeh Society in Iran: Ideology and Practice from the 1950s to the Present

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Palgrave Macmillan, Feb 13, 2013 - Religion - 214 pages
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The Hojjatiyeh Society is one of the most fascinating religious groups in modern Iran. The society started its way in the 1950s as an anti-Baha'i movement but found itself fighting Khomeini's Velayat-i Faqih and leading an anti-Khomeini and messianic agenda. Despite the Hojjatiyeh's fight against Khomeini, the Hojjatiyeh became, unwillingly and unintentionally, a leading faction in the Islamic Revolution, with its members coming to occupy some of the highest echelon posts in Iranian politics. The Hojjatiyeh was dismissed in 1983 by Khomeini, but it seems it never truly left the political sphere until today, when its traces can still be found on Iranian politics. Even Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his mentor the Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi are reported to be Hojjatiyeh members.


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Ronen A. Cohen is a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University, Israel and a research fellow at Ariel's Middle East Research Center. His research focuses on clandestine, national, terrorist and religious movements in Iran; Iranian politics; and modern Shi'a and Islamic sects. He is the author of The Rise and fall of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, 1987-1997 (2009) and Persian – A Textbook (2010).

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