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

Ayatollah KhomeiniAyatollah Khomeini
22 September 1902
Led the Famous Iranian Revolution in 1979

Qasem SoleimaniQasem Soleimani
11 March 1957
Former Commander of Quds Force

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

Nader ShahNader Shah
22 October 1688
Ruler
Harun al-RashidHarun al-Rashid
17 March 0763
Caliph

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

Rezā ShāhRezā Shāh
15 March 1878
Political figure

ZarathustraZarathustra
Prophet

Abdul Qadir GilaniAbdul Qadir Gilani
17 March 1078
Preacher

Abdul Qadir JelaniAbdul Qadir Jelani
1077 AD
Preacher
Abdul-Qadir GilaniAbdul-Qadir Gilani
24 March 1077
poet, faqih

Hassan-i SabbahHassan-i Sabbah
1050 AD
Islamic religious leader

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

Malik Shah IMalik Shah I
08 August 1055
Sultan
Mohammed MossadeghMohammed Mossadegh
16 June 1882
Politician

Baháʼu'lláhBaháʼu'lláh
12 November 1817
Religion Founder
Ismāʿīl IIsmāʿīl I
17 July 1487
Shah of Iran

Ali-Reza PahlaviAli-Reza Pahlavi
28 April 1966
Politician

Nizam al-MulkNizam al-Mulk
10 April 1018
scientist, writer
The BābThe Bāb
20 October 1819
Religious Leaders

ZerubbabelZerubbabel
Governor
ManiMani
14 April 0216
Prophet

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

Ali al-RidaAli al-Rida
01 January 0766
Imam
Al-TabariAl-Tabari
0839 AD
Scholar

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Shapur IShapur I
0215 AD
Military commander
Abolhassan BanisadrAbolhassan Banisadr
22 March 1933
Politician

Tahmasp ITahmasp I
22 February 1514
Political leader

Shahpur BakhtiarShahpur Bakhtiar
26 June 1914
Prime Minister

Ardashir IArdashir I
0180 AD
 
Artaxerxes IIIArtaxerxes III
0425 AD
King
Muslim ibn al-HajjajMuslim ibn al-Hajjaj
0821 AD
Persian islamic scholar

Moshe KatsavMoshe Katsav
05 December 1945
President , Politician 

Aga Khan IAga Khan I
1804 AD
Governor

Masoud BarzaniMasoud Barzani
16 August 1946
Politician
Mir-Hossein MousaviMir-Hossein Mousavi
02 March 1942
Politician

Babak KhorramdinBabak Khorramdin
0798 AD
Political activist

Mehdi BazarganMehdi Bazargan
01 September 1907
politician, engineer

Attar of NishapurAttar of Nishapur
1145 AD
Poet

Ahmad KhomeiniAhmad Khomeini
15 March 1946
Political leader
Mohammad Bagher GhalibafMohammad Bagher Ghalibaf
23 August 1961
politician

Mohammad Ali RajaʾiMohammad Ali Rajaʾi
15 June 1933
Prime minister
Mohammad-Ali RajaiMohammad-Ali Rajai
15 June 1933
President

Musa al-SadrMusa al-Sadr
15 April 1928
politician, theologian, Akhoond

Shapur IIShapur II
0309 AD
Military commander
Cambyses ICambyses I
0600 BC
King

Abu MuslimAbu Muslim
0718 AD
Muslim leader
CyaxaresCyaxares
0625 BC
King

Fazlollah ZahediFazlollah Zahedi
17 April 1892
Politician

Hussein-Ali MontazeriHussein-Ali Montazeri
22 September 1922
Writer

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

Amir KabirAmir Kabir
09 January 1807
Minister
Amir-Abbas HoveydaAmir-Abbas Hoveyda
18 February 1919
Economist

Abolqasem al-KhoeiAbolqasem al-Khoei
19 November 1899
Spiritual leader

Abbas MirzaAbbas Mirza
20 August 1789
Military officer

Morteza MotahhariMorteza Motahhari
31 January 1919
Philosopher, Writer, Akhoond, Theologian
Bahram VBahram V
0400 AD
King

Sadeq KhalkhaliSadeq Khalkhali
27 July 1926
Justice
Hamza ibn Ali ibn AhmadHamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad
0985 AD
Religious leader

SurenasSurenas
0084 AD
Army Chief

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

Mehdi KarroubiMehdi Karroubi
26 September 1937
Politician
Bahram IBahram I
King

Hossein FatemiHossein Fatemi
10 February 1917
Scholar

Shaykh HaydarShaykh Haydar
31 May 1459
Military leader
Jafar Sharif-EmamiJafar Sharif-Emami
17 June 1912
Politician

Ahmad QavamAhmad Qavam
02 January 1873
Politician
Mohammad Kazem ShariatmadariMohammad Kazem Shariatmadari
05 January 1906
Cleric

Mohammad Javad BahonarMohammad Javad Bahonar
05 September 1933
Theologian

Hossein SheikholeslamHossein Sheikholeslam
29 November 1952
Politician

Subh-i-AzalSubh-i-Azal
1831 AD
Religious leader
Mohammad-Taqi BaharMohammad-Taqi Bahar
10 December 1886
Poet
Ardashir IIArdashir II
0309 AD
King

Haj Ali RazmaraHaj Ali Razmara
30 March 1901
Military officer

Hushang AnsaryHushang Ansary
01 January 1926
Politician, Businessperson, Diplomat, Entrepreneur

Sogdianus of PersiaSogdianus of Persia
King
Hadi KhosroshahiHadi Khosroshahi
07 December 1938
Diplomat

Abd al-A'la al-SabziwariAbd al-A'la al-Sabziwari
21 December 1910
Author

Shaykh JunaydShaykh Junayd
1429 AD
Religious Lleader

Artabanus I of ParthiaArtabanus I of Parthia
King

Fatemeh RahbarFatemeh Rahbar
1964 AD
Politician
Reza Mohammadi LangroudiReza Mohammadi Langroudi
03 August 1928
Religious leader

Mohammad MirmohammadiMohammad Mirmohammadi
07 December 1948
Politician
Pharnabazus IIPharnabazus II
0435 AD
Statesman

Nasser ShabaniNasser Shabani
1957 AD
General
Imad al-DawlaImad al-Dawla
0892 AD
Būyid ruler
Mohammad-Reza RahchamaniMohammad-Reza Rahchamani
02 December 1955
Physician