Ruhollah Khomeini

1902 - 1989

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Sayyid Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini (UK: khom-AY-nee, US: khohm-; Persian: سید روح‌الله موسوی خمینی [ɾuːholˈlɒːhe xomejˈniː] (listen); 17 May 1900 – 3 June 1989), also known as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian political and religious leader. He was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which saw the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, 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 7,150,267 page views. His biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Ruhollah Khomeini is the 58th most popular religious figure (down from 41st in 2019), the 6th most popular biography from Iran (down from 4th 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 58 out of 2,272Before him are Saint Valentine, Jerome, Saint Stephen, Saint Anne, Pope Julius II, and Muhammad al-Bukhari. After him are Pope Urban II, Pope Pius XI, Hildegard of Bingen, Pope Pius IX, Samson, and Saint Barbara.

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

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Among people born in Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini ranks 6 out of 463Before him are Zoroaster (-2000), Omar Khayyam (1048), Xerxes I (-519), Al-Ghazali (1058), and Darius III (-380). After him are Cyrus the Great (-600), Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919), Harun al-Rashid (766), Esther (-600), Ismail I (1487), and Jabir ibn Hayyan (721).

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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), Mordecai (null), Piruz Nahavandi (700), and Anastasius of Persia (550).