Khatami, Mohammad

Khatami, Mohammad

biographical name

(born Sept. 29, 1943, Ardakan, Iran) President of Iran (1997–2005). After studying at a traditional madrassa in Qom, he began political activities while studying philosophy at Esfahan University. He headed the Islamic Centre Hamburg in Germany during the Iranian Revolution (1979) and returned home to seek election to the Majles (parliament) in 1980. He served in government posts during the Iran-Iraq War (1980–88), as cultural adviser to Pres. Hashemi Rafsanjani, and as head of the National Library (1992–97) before winning the presidency on a platform of social and economic reform. He was reelected by an overwhelming margin in 2001.


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