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Ali Rahnema

Blog Entries by Ali Rahnema

Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative

Posted August 3, 2011 | 17:29:00 (EST)

The unexpectedly ugly political dispute between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his spiritual father, Ayatollah Khamenei, which climaxed with threats and counter-threats, may be reaching its conclusion. The outcome seems to be a religio-political hyperbole. During Ahmadinejad's first term in office, the father-son duo seemed in perfect harmony on major domestic and...

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The Occult Chickens Have Come Home to Roost: Religious Superstition in Iranian Politics

Posted July 8, 2011 | 11:13:26 (EST)

Since early May 2011, charges of sorcery, witchcraft, and using supernatural powers to manipulate people and events for particular political ends have been leveled against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Chief of Staff, Esfandiar Rahim Masha'i. Masha'i is accused of employing witchdoctors, sorcerers and magicians, specializing in invoking the...

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