from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of west-central Iran south-southwest of Tehran. It has been a Shiite Muslim center since early Islamic times and a pilgrimage site since the 17th century. Population: 959,000.
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- proper n. A city in Iran.
- proper n. A province of Iran
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Al-Sadr is currently in Qom, Iran studying to become an ayatollah.
SHUSTER: But many of Khamenei's critics in Qom have been harassed and threatened.
Prof. ASKARI: I don't think that many of the senior clerics in Qom who have expressed views against him will, in fact, back down and back him.
On his arrival in Qom earlier this week, he delivered a speech in the city's central square in which he labeled opposition to the government sedition, and said the government had inoculated the country against political and social microbes.
For all their supposed fear of the Twitter Revolution, the Iranian clerics in Qom have been running blogging workshops — mostly targeting religious women — since 2006.
And in Qom, the original Islamic Revolution — the one that brought Ayatollah Khomeini to power in 1979 — remains robust and popular.
Because Qom is a pilgrimage site, it attracts visitors from many parts of the Shiite world.
According to an online reformist news source Rooyeh, Rafsanjani has been in Qom meeting some members of Council of Experts and a representative of Ayatollah Sistani.
They said a delegation from the Guardian Council's members visited the religious leaders and ayatollahs in Qom to get their public support for the legitimacy of the election and the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term.
An Iranian source talked about reports to the effect that around 50 of the sources of emulation, ayatollahs, and clerics in Qom sent messages to Ayatollah Khamenei urging him to look into the complaints of the reformists and examine the reported violations.
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