|48th Prime Minister of Iran|
4 August 1981 - 30 August 1981
|Reza Mahdavi Kani (Acting)|
|Minister of Education|
10 August 1980 - 10 August 1981
|Ali Akbar Parvaresh|
|Member of the Parliament of Iran|
28 May 1980 - 10 August 1980
|Constituency||Tehran, Rey, Shemiranat and Eslamshahr|
|Member of Assembly of Experts for Constitution|
15 August 1979 - 15 November 1979
|Born||5 September 1933|
|Died||30 August 1981 (aged 47)|
|Political party||Islamic Republican Party|
|Spouse(s)||Zahra Eynakian (1966-1981, his death)|
|Relatives||Mohammad-Reza Bahonar (brother)|
|Alma mater||University of Tehran|
Mohammad Javad Bahonar (Persian: , 5 September 1933 - 30 August 1981) was a Shia Iranian theologian and politician who served as the Prime Minister of Iran for less than one month in August 1981. Bahonar and other members of Mohammad-Ali Rajai's government were purportedly assassinated by Mujahideen-e Khalq.
Mohammad Javad Bahonar was born on 3 September 1933 in Kerman, Iran. His father was a simple tradesman and had little shop at the Kerman. He was the second child of nine, and his family was very poor. As a child, he was taught the Quran by local women, also learning to read and write. Guided by Ayatollah Haghighi, he studied at the Masoumieh seminary. At the same time he could obtain the degree of fifth of ancient school.
Bahonar passed his primary school at Masoumieh School of Kerman. In 1953, he went to Qom Seminary and attended in the class of Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iranian revolution. He received a PhD in theology from the University of Tehran. Also, he was faculty member of the Tehran University and taught religious lessons and theology.
Bahonar was a reviler of the Pahlavi dynasty and had activities against Mohammad Reza Shah that led to imprisonment him in 1963, 1964, and 1975. On 1963, he was jailed for opposing the Shah's White Revolution. Also, during exile of Khomeini in Iraq and France, he continued his revolutionary activities and was an influential member among Khomeini's followers. Bahonar along with Morteza Motahari was active speaker of Hosseiniyeh Ershad, a religious lecture hall in the Tehran.
Upon release from custody, Bahonar did not engage in further activism until Khomeini became Iran's de facto ruler. For his service in the revolution, Bahonar became the new government's ministry of culture and Islamic guidance in 1981, and was responsible for censoring any media disapproved by Muslim leaders in Tehran. He also directed a purge of all secular influence from Iranian Universities.
He also became a founding member of the Islamic Republican party and an original member of the Council of Revolution of Iran. Also, he was member of Assembly of Experts. Bahonar along with Mohammad Ali Rajai purging Iranian universities of western cultural influences which known as the Islamic Cultural Revolution. After the assassination of Mohammad Beheshti on 28 June 1981, he was appointed general secretary of the party where he was also a member of the central committee. Bahonar served as the minister of culture and Islamic guidance under Mohammad Ali Rajai's prime ministry from March 1981 to August 1981. When Rajai became president on 5 August 1981, he chose Bahonar as his prime minister.
Bahonar was assassinated along with Rajai and other members of Islamic Republican Party when a bomb exploded at the party's office in Tehran on 30 August 1981. In Iran, this explosion is known as the Hashteh-Shahrivar bombing. The bomb was set off when one of the victims opened a briefcase. The briefcase was carried by Massoud Keshmiri, a security official at the Islamic Republican Party, to the meeting. One week later, Keshmiri was announced as responsible for planning and execution of the assassination. Keshmiri was identified as an operative of Mujahedin that was supported by Saddam Hussein. He tried to assassinate Rajai and Bahonar on 22 August when Rajai introduced his cabinet to Ruhollah Khomeini. Ahmad Khomeini explained that Keshmiri was with Rajai when they came to see Imam Khomeini. He had a suitcase but they did not allow him to bring it.
| Minister of Education
Ali Akbar Parvaresh
Mohammad Ali Rajai
| Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani
|Party political offices|
| Secretary-General of the Islamic Republican Party