By: Mir M.Hosseini
The school of Islamic theology, Feyziyeh was founded in the city of Qom by Sheikh Abdolkarim Haeri Yazdi. This institution somehow turned the small city of Qom into Iran's version of Vatican and the center for educating Shiite clerics. The foundation of this school also known as Howzeye Elmiyeh, also turned the city into a political heavyweight inside Iran. Before the foundation of this school, the students who sought Shiite teachings used to go to Najaf in Iraq where most prominent Shiite leaders used to have classes. The holy shrine of Imam Reza's sister is located in Qom and it has always been a center for visiting pilgrims. After the regime change in 1979, the city which is located near the desert became a center of attention and flow of capital caused it to become overpopulated. Strangely enough, the city is unofficially known to have highest rates of corruption in Iran following Mashhad.