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What Were The Significant Influences of Religion Upon Ayatollah Khomeinis Leadership Style Ayatollah Khomeini was born in 1902 After his initial religious training he taught in the major Shii theological school at Qom but was exiled for his opposition to the government of the Shah Reza Khan Living in Paris after 1978 he orchestrated the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran He became both the political and religious leader of the country throughout the protracted Iran-Iraq war until he died in 1989 Ruhollah Khomeini can be portrayed as one of the most seminal and enigmatic characters of the twentieth century In no small way has his influence touched our lives even or perhaps especially here in the detached atmosphere of a western first world country and herein lies the dilemma Khomeini represents a type of politico-spiritual leader virtually unheard of in the West save the token titles of ruling monarchs in Victorian England This combined with the different social implications of Islam compared to Christianity leaves a wide gap in our perceptions and therefore our ability to produce an objective analysis There are many factors to be considered when evaluating the leadership of an individual and these will vary significantly in effect from leader to leader but with one proviso there will always be a single unifying purpose It is this purpose that drives the individual to greatness or alternatively excess and in Khomeini this manifested itself in the form of religious fanaticism Religion in the Islamic world governs every facet imaginable of society from law to education to social customs and the clerics hold great sway over public opinion This essay will attempt to address the implications of this religious control when utilised by a charismatic single-minded individual and how a sufficiently eloquent orator can twist the emotions of the populace Now in the light of recent tragic events notably the 11th September destruction of the World Trade Centre it is necessary
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