Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
(b. 1934) Iranian statesman and religious leader, President 1989–97Return to overview »
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Iranian statesman who became president of Iran (1989–97) on the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Rafsanjani was born near Kerman, the son of a pistachio-nut-farming family of moderate wealth. From the age of fourteen he attended theological college at Qom, where he studied Islamic jurisprudence under ...