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Monday, June 1, 1998 Published at 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK

World: Middle East

Ayatollah Khomeini on the Web

Khomeini: left behind a huge body of work

Officials in Iran say the writings of the late Ayatollah Khomeini are to be published on the Internet.

Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and was vocal in his criticism of the West and its culture, left a huge number of works, mainly of Islamic theory and sayings.

[ image: Ahmed Khomeini's work will be published on the Internet along with his father's]
Ahmed Khomeini's work will be published on the Internet along with his father's
Now, more than 200 of his books have been transferred to computer software and will be issued shortly.

A further 33 works by Khomeini's son, Ahmed, who died in 1995, and 28 memoirs by Khomeini's collaborators are to become available on the Web later this year.

The acting director of the institute in charge of Ayatollah Khomeini's legacy, Hamid Ansarit, said more than half of the books had been translated into 16 languages for international distribution.
[ image: Iranians mourning the death of Khomeini in 1989]
Iranians mourning the death of Khomeini in 1989

Iran marks the ninth anniversary of Khomeini's death on Thursday.

Correspondents say official attitudes inside Iran to the Internet are ambiguous.

The traditionalist Shiite Moslem clergy is fiercely opposed to the Internet that it fears will allow Western cultural influence into the Islamic republic.

But the Iranian government runs Websites for its own statements and for Shiite religious material.

The service is available to the public, but access is restricted by high costs.

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