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Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei

Iraqi theologian and akhoond

1899   -   1992

country of citizenship: Iraq
educated at: Hawza of Najaf
occupation: theologian, faqih

Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei ( (listen) AH-boo al KAH-sim al HOO-ee; Arabic: أبو القاسم الخوئي‎; Persian: ابوالقاسم خویی‬‎) (November 19, 1899 – August 8, 1992) was an Iranian Shia cleric and one of the most influential Twelver Shia Islamic scholars (marja'), and the predecessor to Ali al-Sistani. He was the spiritual leader of much of the Shia world until his death in 1992. He was succeeded by Ali al-Sistani, his former student, whereby many of his followers became followers of Al Sistani and foundations headed by Khoei were handed to Al Sistani.
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