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An ayatollah ( or Persian: آيتالله, from Lua error in Module:Unicode_data at line 15: attempt to call field 'length' (a nil value). "Sign of God") or ayatullah is a high-ranking Usuli Twelver Shī‘ah cleric. Those who carry the title are experts in Islamic studies such as jurisprudence, Quran reading, and philosophy and usually teach in Islamic seminaries. The next lower clerical rank is Hujjat al-Islam.
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Ruhollah Khomeini was known in the West as "The Ayatollah"
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