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Ruhollah Khomeini

1902 - 1989

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Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini (UK: khom-AY-nee, US: khohm-;Persian: روح‌الله موسوی خمینی, romanized: Rūḥallāh Musawī Khumaynī [ɾuːholˈlɒːhe xomejˈniː] (listen); 17 May 1900 – 3 June 1989) was an Iranian political and religious leader who served as the first supreme leader of Iran from 1979 until his death in 1989. He was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which saw the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the end of the Persian monarchy. Following the revolution, Khomeini became the country's first supreme leader, a position created in the constitution of the Islamic Republic as the highest-ranking political and religious authority of the nation, which he held until his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ruhollah Khomeini has received more than 8,394,372 page views. His biography is available in 101 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Ruhollah Khomeini is the 74th most popular religious figure (down from 58th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Iran (down from 6th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Iranian Religious Figure.

Ruhollah Khomeini was the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He was the Supreme Leader of Iran from 1979 to 1989.

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Among religious figures, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 74 out of 2,238Before him are Pope Gregory XIII, Pope Urban II, Pope Julius II, Pope Gregory VII, Pope Pius IX, and Pope Paul VI. After him are Pope Leo X, Girolamo Savonarola, Ezekiel, Mark the Evangelist, Romulus Augustulus, and Isaiah.

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Among people born in 1902, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 3Before him are Karl Popper and Charles Lindbergh. After him are Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, Paul Dirac, Leni Riefenstahl, Georgy Malenkov, John Steinbeck, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Talcott Parsons, and Halldór Laxness. Among people deceased in 1989, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 4Before him are Salvador Dalí, Hirohito, and Nicolae Ceaușescu. After him are Samuel Beckett, Ted Bundy, Herbert von Karajan, Konrad Lorenz, Sergio Leone, Georges Simenon, Andrei Sakharov, and Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

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Among people born in Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 8 out of 528Before him are Omar Khayyam (1048), Al-Ghazali (1058), Cyrus the Great (-600), Xerxes I (-519), Darius III (-380), and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919). After him are Harun al-Rashid (766), Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi (865), Ismail I (1487), Jabir ibn Hayyan (721), Esther (-600), and Hassan-i Sabbah (1050).

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Among religious figures born in Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 2Before him are Zoroaster (-2000). After him are Esther (-600), Hassan-i Sabbah (1050), Abdul Qadir Gilani (1078), Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (817), Bahá'u'lláh (1817), Báb (1819), Ibn Majah (824), Piruz Nahavandi (700), Mordecai (null), and Sasan (200).