Ali al-Sistani

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Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani (Arabic: علي الحسيني السيستاني; Persian: على حسينى سيستانى, born 4 August 1930), commonly known as Ayatollah Sistani, is an Iranian-born Iraqi Shia Marja'.[1][2][3] He was born in Mashhad, Iran.

He is seen as the leading spiritual leader of Iraqi Shia Muslims,[4] and one of the most senior scholars in Shia Islam.[5]

In 2005 and 2014, he was also nominated for Nobel Prize Award.[6][7]

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  1. Nasr, Vali, The Shia Revival, Norton, (2006), p. 171
  2. Iranian Intellectual urges Iraq's Sistani to respect Kurdistan Referendum
  3. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Fast Facts
  4. Andrew M. Cockburn (16 November 2003). "U.S. Ignores This Ayatollah in Iraq at Its Own Peril". Retrieved 24 February 2017 – via LA Times.
  5. Watling, Jack. "The Shia Militias of Iraq". The Atlantic. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  6. A Noble for Sistani
  7. Iraqi MPs launch move to nominate Ayatollah Sistani for Nobel Peace Prize Archived 14 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine