Posted by | October 3, 2009 14:06 | Filed under: Top Stories

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born Jewish and converted to Islam, according to the London Daily Telegraph, which has a photo of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during the 2008 election.

A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.




The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad’s birthplace, and the name derives from “weaver of the Sabour”, the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran’s Ministry of the Interior.


Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad’s track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past-.




The Iranian leader has not denied his name was changed when his family moved to Tehran in the 1950s. But he has never revealed what it was change from or directly addressed the reason for the switch.


Relatives have previously said a mixture of religious reasons and economic pressures forced his blacksmith father Ahmad to change when Mr Ahmadinejad was aged four.

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