Iraqi Shi'ite Cleric Gains Sway in Iran

[Boston Globe] Anne Barnard - In Tehran's storied central bazaar, an increasing number of merchants are sending their religious donations to Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, rather than to clerics closer to Iran's state power structure. Jawad al-Ghaie, 48, said Sistani holds more spiritual sway because of his lifelong commitment to quietism. That is the school of thought that says Shi'ite leaders should stay out of government.

2007-05-15 01:00:00

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