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A new list of the 500 most influential Muslim people has put Iran's Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ahead of the Indonesian presdient Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The list also features scholars, scientists, women's advocates, and some radical figures from the Muslim world. 

In its second year, there's no change at the top of the list of 500 most influential Muslims, with King Abdullah of Saudia Arabia still at number one. 

Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has moved up to second place, but the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran has slipped to number three. 

He's six places ahead of Indonesia's Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at number 9. 

Then at 18, there's Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah. Usra Ghazi compiled the list for Jordan's Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre. 

The list also includes the ASEAN head, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, and Dr Farhat Hashmi of the NGO Al-Huda International, and the Australian scholar Waleed Aly.