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Becoming an Ayatollah

February 10th, 2009 · No Comments

With the 30th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution upon us, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is back in the news. How does a run-of-the-mill cleric become an ayatollah in the first place? Here’s the scoop, which I unearthed during my days as Slate‘s “Explainer” columnist. Two key tips: Study hard, and work on your rep.


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