Iranian Revolution of 1979 Essay by The Research Group

Iranian Revolution of 1979
This paper discusses Ayatollah Khomeini's overthrow of the Shah in the Iranian revolution of 1979: Background, political and religious forces, strategies, socioeconomics and the role of the bazaar.
# 21834 | 1,575 words | 6 sources | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 10, 2003 in History (Middle Eastern)


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"At the beginning of 1978, the Iranian government of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi appeared to almost all observers, inside and outside Iran, to be firmly in power, and likely to remain so for the indefinite future. That there was fairly widespread disaffection from the regime was evident, but the Shah had survived such disaffection before, and there was little reason to suppose that he would would not survive it again. He had extensive military and internal-security forces at his command, while his potential opposition was divided among groups with widely varying agendas and bases of support, ranging from the Tudeh (Communist) Party to militant Islamic groups. Between the ruthlessness of SAVAK, the Shah's internal-security organ, on the one hand, and the internal divisions of the opposition on the other, it seemed likely that the Shah would continue to suppress ... "

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