This was further confirmed by Hojatolislam
Ali Saeedi, a cleric who represents Mr Khamenei in the Revolutionary Guards Corps.
In his interview with me, Hojatolislam
Khoeniha, the spiritual leader of the hostage takers, emphasized that the militants were concerned about the direction of the revolution as the government was taking positive postures toward the US.
His two predecessors, pragmatist Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (who was president from 1989 to 1997) and reformist Hojatolislam
Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005).
Hizbullah was founded in 1982 in Damascus by the then Iranian Ambassador to the Syrian capital, Hojatolislam
Ali Akbar Mohtashemi.
And in the wake of last week's suggestion by Iran's president that Israel move to Europe and his claim that the Holocaust did not happen, former Iranian President Hojatolislam
Ali Akbar Rafsanjani on Monday called for the "end of Israel".
Sayyed Mohammad Khatami is Iran's 5th President in office since August 1997.
Reformist MPs praise Hojatolislam
Seyed Mohsen Mussavi-Tabrizi's Apr.
Khamen'i was a Hojatolislam
until the death of Khomeini.
First, the May 1997 landslide victory of Hojatolislam
Mohammad Khatami, a moderate and reformist cleric within the context of Iranian politics, has foreshadowed new foreign-policy orientations.
Many within the Shia seminaries resent Khamenei's elevation from a hojatolislam
to an ayatollah after Khomeini's death in June 1989.
With all this in mind, I turned to my host, Hojatolislam
Ali Asrar Ahmadi Khomeini, the late Imam's first cousin and pretender to his spiritual legacy, and inquired genially if he objected to having an American resting on this hallowed spot.
And on May 29, 2005, Hojatolislam
Gholam Reza Hasani, the Supreme Leader's personal representative to the province of West Azerbaijan, declared possession of nuclear weapons to be one of Iran's top goals.