Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah
by Baqer Moin
The Ayatollah Khomeini was the most radical Muslim leader of this age. In transforming himself from a traditional Muslim theologian into the charismatic Iranian ruler who took on the world, Khomeini launched an Islamic revival movement that, with the collapse of communism, quickly evolved for some as the centre-piece in the pantheon of western demonology, and for others as...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 15th 2000 by Thomas Dunne Books
(first published 1999)
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Dec 01, 2012 عبدالرحمن ابوذكري rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
One of the best biographies I ever read, and it is absolutely the most catching biography I ever read for Khomeini; comprehensive, unbiased and the author is a hell of a good writer. It is a must read for any one who is interested in the field.
This book gives such a clear and precise account of Ayatollah Khomeini's life. We had to have a book source for my global studies project where every person was assigned a revolutionary and they had to prove why they were a revolutionary, so I read this book and it helped me out so much. It provides details about Khomeini's life from day one, and past the last day. I thought it was most helpful in explaining how Khomeini's ways of ruling in the 1970s were reflected by his childhood. All in all,...more
This is a very interesting biography about a fascinating man. The author does a good job of remaining unbiased up until about the time of the 1979 revolution when the writing becomes very bitter and negative towards Khomeini. Regardless, the first portion of the book (about the first 2/3rds) provides a lot of detail about the events and people who shaped Khomeini's life and how he came to be the man that he was. The last 1/3 of the book seems to be a hurried account of Khomeini's conflict with o...more
By far the most detailed and readable biography of Ayatollah Khomeini available in the English language. It is very well researched and informative and a fascinating account of an important figure of the modern era. It portrays the Imam as a multifaceted figure and is more interesting as a result being neither hagiography nor a diatribe and polemic. Excellent biography.
I read the book long time ago, when it had just come out. It had a lot of typos, I think, but I enjoyed Mr. Moin's attempt at objectivity. The book seemed to need some streamlining, but all in all, it is a must for anyone interested in Iranian politics of the late 20th century.