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World Encyclopedia

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Honorific title bestowed upon a Muslim leader who has attained significant distinction and, often, political influence. See also Khomeini, Ruhollah

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World

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Derived from the terms āyat (sign, testimony, miracle, verses of the Qurʿān) and Allāh (God), ayatollah (Ar., āyatullāh,

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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Sign of God. Honorific title in Twelver Shii Islam. Popularly assigned to outstanding legal scholars. General use of the title

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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(Arab., ‘sign of God’).

Title of high-ranking Shiʿite Muslim authorities, especially in Iran. It is a recent (20th cent.) title

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