When the Ayatollah Khomeini burst onto the international scene in the late 1970s, radical Islam became a factor of political life that would change the world. And with the Iranian Revolution that Khomeini led in 1978/79, religion once more moved centre stage in world politics. This is a biography of the Iranian leader.
Baqer Moin is a specialist on Iran and Islam and was for many years Head of the BBC's Persian Service. He has written extensively on Islam, Iran and Afghanistan.