Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din

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Lebanese Shii leader. Deputy chairman of the Supreme Islamic Shii Council, which serves as the representative body for Shiis independent of Sunni Muslims in Lebanon. Was trained in Najaf, Iraq, in the reformulation of Shiism as an ideology of political activism and protest. Opposed Ayatollah Khomeini by condemning hostage taking as un-Islamic and illegal.

Subjects: Islam.

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