Think of Iran and the first thing that strikes the mind is revolt and revolution. Though it has been a disturbed nation popular for militancy, religious revolutions and censorship, stereotyping it to be just that is unethical. Leave alone this popular facet that press shows of Iran and the country is as beautiful and historic as any other country in the world. It has been home to a pool of teachers, academicians, scientists, poets, artists, sports personalities and so on. Excepting for a few politicians and leaders who have used their power for their own benefits, Iran has had important political leaders as well. The country is basically run by the President who is the highest popularly elected official in Iran. However, the supreme powers rest with the Supreme Leader of Iran, who is the head of state and highest ranking political and religious authority of the country. Some of the most popular Iranian leaders who have garnered much limelight for reasons both good and bad include Mohammad Khatami, Ali Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hassan Rouhani and Ruhollah Khomenei. Read through this section and wrap yourself with knowledge about the life and works of famous Iranian leaders.
Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919
Last Shah of Iran
Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939
Supreme Leader of Iran

ZoroasterZoroaster
 
Founder of Zoroastrianism

EstherEsther
 
Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus

Mahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
28 October 1956
President of Iran

Hassan RouhaniHassan Rouhani
12 November 1948
7th President of Iran
Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler

Mohammad MosaddeghMohammad Mosaddegh
16 June 1882
Political Leader
Akbar Hashemi RafsanjaniAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
25 August 1934
Former President of Iran

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979
Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1954
military personnel, officer

Farah PahlaviFarah Pahlavi
14 October 1938
Shahbanu

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher

Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader
Naser al-Din Shah QajarNaser al-Din Shah Qajar
16 July 1831
King

Mohammad KhatamiMohammad Khatami
29 September 1943
Philosopher, Politician, Librarian, Writer

Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander

Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar
Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer
Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 

Artaxerxes IIIArtaxerxes III
0425 AD
King

Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician, Economist
Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 

Mohammad Bagher GhalibafMohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
23 August 1961
politician
Babak KhorramdinBabak Khorramdin
0798 AD
Political activist

Abu MuslimAbu Muslim
0718 AD
Muslim leader

Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond
Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician

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ParmenionParmenion
0400 BC
Macedonian general
Aga Khan IAga Khan I
1804 AD
Governor

Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander

Rashid-al-Din HamadaniRashid-al-Din Hamadani
1247 AD
Leader

CyaxaresCyaxares
0625 BC
King
Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer
Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
Politician

Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
15 June 1933
President

Fazlollah ZahediFazlollah Zahedi
17 April 1892
Politician

Abdul-Qadir GilaniAbdul-Qadir Gilani
24 March 1077
poet, faqih
Mithridates I of ParthiaMithridates I of Parthia
0195 BC
Politician

Hussein-Ali MontazeriHussein-Ali Montazeri
22 September 1922
Writer

Morteza MotahhariMorteza Motahhari
31 January 1919
Philosopher, Writer, Akhoond, Theologian

Hadi KhosroshahiHadi Khosroshahi
07 December 1938
Diplomat

Amir-Abbas HoveydaAmir-Abbas Hoveyda
18 February 1919
Economist
Amir KabirAmir Kabir
09 January 1807
politician, diplomat

Bahram VBahram V
0400 AD
King
Mohammad MirmohammadiMohammad Mirmohammadi
07 December 1948
Politician

Abbas MirzaAbbas Mirza
20 August 1789
Military officer

Sadegh GhotbzadehSadegh Ghotbzadeh
1936 AD
Politician
Mohammad BeheshtiMohammad Beheshti
24 October 1928
Jurist

Malik Shah IMalik Shah I
08 August 1055
Sultan
Reza Mohammadi LangroudiReza Mohammadi Langroudi
03 August 1928
Religious leader

Fatemeh RahbarFatemeh Rahbar
1964 AD
Politician

Hossein SheikholeslamHossein Sheikholeslam
29 November 1952
Politician

Bahram IBahram I
King

Nasser ShabaniNasser Shabani
1957 AD
General
Hamza ibn Ali ibn AhmadHamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad
0985 AD
Religious leader

Ahmad QavamAhmad Qavam
02 January 1873
Politician

Jafar Sharif-EmamiJafar Sharif-Emami
17 June 1912
Politician

Shaykh HaydarShaykh Haydar
31 May 1459
Military leader
Hossein FatemiHossein Fatemi
10 February 1917
Scholar

Mehdi KarroubiMehdi Karroubi
26 September 1937
Politician
Subh-i-AzalSubh-i-Azal
1831 AD
Religious leader

Ariobarzanes of PersisAriobarzanes of Persis
0368 AD
Commanding

Hashem Bathaie GolpayeganiHashem Bathaie Golpayegani
1941 AD
Politician
Mohammad-Reza RahchamaniMohammad-Reza Rahchamani
02 December 1955
Physician

Hushang AnsaryHushang Ansary
01 January 1926
Politician, Businessperson, Diplomat, Entrepreneur
Hamid KahramHamid Kahram
1958 AD
Politician

ManiMani
14 April 0216
Prophet

Mohammad Kazem ShariatmadariMohammad Kazem Shariatmadari
05 January 1906
Cleric
Sogdianus of PersiaSogdianus of Persia
King

Haj Ali RazmaraHaj Ali Razmara
30 March 1901
Military officer
Mohammad-Taqi BaharMohammad-Taqi Bahar
10 December 1886
Poet

Ardashir IIArdashir II
0309 AD
King

Pharnabazus IIPharnabazus II
0435 AD
Statesman

Shaykh JunaydShaykh Junayd
1429 AD
Religious Lleader
Artabanus I of ParthiaArtabanus I of Parthia
King
Ali al-RidaAli al-Rida
01 January 0766
Imam

Zia ol Din TabatabaeeZia ol Din Tabatabaee
31 May 1889
Politician

Imad al-DawlaImad al-Dawla
0892 AD
Būyid ruler

Mohammed MossadeghMohammed Mossadegh
16 June 1882
Politician
Mohammad Javad BahonarMohammad Javad Bahonar
05 September 1933
Theologian

Sadeq KhalkhaliSadeq Khalkhali
27 July 1926
Justice

Cambyses I of AnshanCambyses I of Anshan
0600 BC
King

Hassan-i-SabahHassan-i-Sabah
1050 AD
Missionary

SurenasSurenas
0084 AD
Army Chief
Abdul Qadir JelaniAbdul Qadir Jelani
1077 AD
Preacher

Shahpur BakhtiarShahpur Bakhtiar
26 June 1914
Prime Minister
Abolqasem al-KhoeiAbolqasem al-Khoei
19 November 1899
Spiritual leader

Ismāʿīl IIsmāʿīl I
17 July 1487
Shah of Iran
Abd al-A'la al-SabziwariAbd al-A'la al-Sabziwari
21 December 1910
Author
Al-HamadānīAl-Hamadānī
22 October 1314
Mystic