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Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili


Abdolkarim Mousavi Ardebili

Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili
عبدالکریم موسوی اردبیلی
Chief Justice of Iran
In office
28 June 1981 – 30 June 1989
Appointed by Ruhollah Khomeini
Preceded by Mohammad Beheshti
Succeeded by Mohammad Yazdi
Member of the Assembly of Experts
In office
5 November 1979 – 1 December 1991
Succeeded by Reza Ostadi
Personal details
Born (1926-01-28) 28 January 1926 (age 88)
Ardebil, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Political party Independent
Other political
Islamic Republican Party
Religion Shia Islam

Abdul-Karim Mousavi Ardebili (Persian: عبدالکریم موسوی اردبیلی‎) (born 28 January 1926) is an Iranian politician and Twelver shi'a marja.

Early life and education

He was born on 28 January 1926 in Ardabil. His father, Mir-Abdul Rahim was a cleric and his mother died when he was a child.

His father sent him to Mula-Ebrahim School in 1940. He went to Qom for higher education in 1943 and was there until 1946. His teachers were Grand Ayatollah Kazem Haeeri and Mohammad-Reza Golpayegani. He travelled to Najaf in 1946 for cleric studies and studied Islam and religion. He was in Najaf until 1948 when his father died and he returned to Qazvin. He had also established Mofid University in 1989 and is its president now.

Political career

Ardebili was a supporter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and was a friend of his. He spoke for support of Khomeini in the 1970s. After the Iranian revolution, he became a founding member of the Islamic Republican party that was founded in 1979.[1] Khomeini appointed him as chief of justice in 1981 after the assassination of Mohammad Beheshti. He was also acting President of Iran for two months after the impeachment of Abulhassan Banisadr.

When Khomeini died in 1989 Ardebili resigned as chief of justice and returned to Qom. He was succeeded by Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi. He is a supporter of Green Movement.

Personal Life

Ardebili married in 1940 to an Isfahani woman. They have 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter.


External links

  • Time, Monday, 28 April 1980
Legal offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Beheshti
Head of Judiciary System of Iran
Succeeded by
Mohammad Yazdi
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