Hassan Khomeini

Hassan Khomeini
Born (1972-12-03) 3 December 1972 (age 41)
Qom, Iran
Other names سيد حسن خمينی
Religion Shia Islam
Spouse(s) Neda(Fatemeh) Bojnourdi
Children Ahmad
Narges
Fereshteh
Parents Ahmad Khomeini
Fatemeh Tabatabai
Signature
Website
Official website

Hassan Khomeini (born 3 December 1972, Persian: سيد حسن خمينی) is a "mid-ranking" Iranian cleric.[1] Of Khomeini's 15 grandchildren he has been called "the most prominent"[2] and the one "who many think could have a promising political future."[1][3]

Early life

Hassan Khomeini is the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini.[4] He is the son of Ahmad Khomeini and Fatemeh Tabatabai.[5]

Career

Hassan Khomeini became a cleric 1993.[3] He was appointed caretaker of the Mausoleum of Khomeini in 1995 where his grandfather and father are buried,[2][3] and has had official meetings with officials such as Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.[6] He is also teaching in the holy city of Qom, and has published his first book on Islamic sects.

He has been described as having "expressed frustration with some policies of a regime dominated by fundamentalists," such as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1] In an interview in February 2008, Hassan spoke out against military interference in politics.[7] Soon after, in what some observers believe may have been retaliation,[1][2] an article in a publication tied to President Ahmadinejad accused him of corruption,[2] "claiming that he drove a BMW, backed rich politicians and was indifferent to the suffering of the poor."[1]

This was "the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic" that one of Khomeini's offspring was "publicly insulted," according to the Iranian daily newspaper Kargozaran.[2] Hassan met with reformers before the 2009 election[1] and met with defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi and "supported his call to cancel the election results."[2]

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