Hassan Tabatabai-Qomi

Hassan Tabataba'i-Qomi
Born 1911

Hassan Tabataba'i-Qomi, born in 1911, is an Iranian cleric who has repeatedly criticized the velayat-e faqih. Because of his critique, the Iranian government has placed him under house arrest since 1984.


Hassan Tabataba'i Qomi, the son of the Grand Ayatollah Qomi from Mashhad remains under house arrest since 1984.[1] Beside his house arrest and limited possibility to lecture and advice students, his importance as a theological authority has also been decreased by virtue of the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has systematically promoted Qom throughout the past 30 years as a center of theological learning at the expense of the city of Mashhad.

In an interview with the London-based Kayhan International newspaper in June 1997, he condemned the theological basis of the Islamic Republic of Iran and described the Vilayat-e Faqih as violating Islamic principles. He also commented on the election of Mohammad Khatami to the presidency in 1997 as an indication of the rejection of the Vilayat-e Faqih on part of the Iranian people.

See also


Amnesty International Report 13/24/97


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