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Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom

Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom (جامعهٔ مدرسین حوزهٔ علمیهٔ قم), was founded 1961 by the leading Hawzas, and proposes judges to the judiciary system. The body gained international prominence when it announced in 1981 that Ayatollah Shariatmadati was no longer a source of emulation (marja'). It has demoted a number of clerics over the last three decades.[1] A recent case was that of Ayatollah Yousef Saanei who for his solidarity with the green movement was demoted from marja' to hojjatoleslam. The Society also does not include Ayatollah Sistani on its list.

Founders

Its founders comprising (none of them were Ayatollah at that time):

Members

Its current members include among others:

Activities

The Society approves a list of marjas in Qom. In 1963 the Society declared Ayatollah Khomeini as marja. In 1994, after the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Araki, the Society nominated seven of the Ulama as his succeeders to be Marja' including Ayatollah Khamenei .

References

  1. ^ See Iran Data Portal. http://www.princeton.edu/irandataportal/parties/modaressineqom
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Bibliography

  • جامعه مدرسین حوزه علمیه قم از آغاز تا کنون، سید محسن صالح و علیرضا جوادزاده، ناشر: مرکز اسناد انقلاب اسلامی

See also

External links

  • Official Website
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