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date: 25 June 2022

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This article examines the life and thought of Ayatollah Khomeini (1902–1989). It begins by tracing his politicointellectual journey from quietism and constitutionalism, which are keys to understanding Khomeinism. It then discusses the development of Khomeinism, covering Khomeini as the radical revolutionary, the  vali-ye faqih , and the absolute  vali-ye faqih . The next section addresses Khomeini’s legacy by examining Khomeinism after his death. It argues that Khomeinism remains a dominant presence in current Iranian politics. The conclusion speculates on the conditions and possibility of post-Khomeinism.

Keywords: Iranian politics, Iran, quietism, constitutionalism, Khomeinism

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