TEHRAN – The Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia has published an entry on the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in a separate book.
The book, titled Spring of Knowledge: A Survey of Life Story and Thoughts of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, was authored by Ali-Akbar Velayati, the leader’s chief adviser.
The 208-page book is divided into three chapters, the first of which contains a biography of the leader and an introduction to his ancestors.
This chapter also examines the leader’s scientific and cultural background and his early political and social life.
The second chapter covers Ayatollah Khamenei’s activities in the first decade after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. His work in the Revolutionary Council and the Islamic Republican Party, as well as his role as head of Friday prayers are also discussed in this section.
The leader’s positions on various issues as a member of the Iranian Parliament, his role as a commander during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, his struggles against the liberals and former Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, and his life as President are all covered in this Chapter illustrated.
The third chapter offers an in-depth insight into the life of Ayatollah Khamenei after he was declared the leader of the Islamic Revolution after the death of the revolution’s founder, Imam Khomeini.
This part examines the leader’s role in formulating the country’s foreign and domestic policies, as well as in military, defense, and legal affairs.
In a foreword to the book, Velayati said that writing the entry on Ayatollah Khamenei was suggested by Seyyed Kazem Musavi Bojnurdi, director of the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia.
Velayati agreed to make the contribution to the encyclopedia after receiving the supervisor’s approval.
He went on to say that the entry, published in the encyclopedia’s 21st book, was warmly welcomed by the general public.
Subsequently, Musavi Bojnurdi announced the Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia’s plan to publish the entry in a separate book and asked Velayati to write a foreword to the publication.
On the advice of his colleague, Velayati placed an emphasis in the introduction on the need for the Velayat-e-faqih system of government in Shi’ism during the absence of Imam Mahdi (AS).
Velayati is the author of the 15-volume collection The Ancient and Contemporary History of Iran.
The last book in the collection was published in 2017 with the subtitle “Iran during the Leadership of Hazrat Ayatollah Khamenei”.
Photo: Copies of the book Spring of Knowledge: A Survey of Life Story and Thoughts of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei by Ali-Akbar Velayati.