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New Left Review I/186, March-April 1991

Ervand Abrahamian

Khomeini: Fundamentalist or Populist?

‘How did Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini become an Imam? Much like the Holy Prophet Abraham. He carried out God’s Will, smashed idols, was willing to sacrifice his own son, rose up against tyrants, and led the mostazafin [oppressed] against their mostakberin [oppressors].’

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