Revolutionary Iran
Updated: 5/30/2020
Revolutionary Iran
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  • Your secularization policies are harmful to us clergymen!
  • Your liberal policies aren't beneficial to the elite!
  • Down with the Shah!
  • We must denounce western influence and return to our traditional values!
  • Mohammad Reza Shah's liberal and modern reforms during the white revolution antagonized Shi'a clergymen and the elite. Dissatisfaction became prevalent among these groups and anti-shah protests became commonplace.
  • I am now the Supreme leader of Iran. We shall become a Muslim theocracy that upholds traditional values.
  • Rebellion increased when the Rex Cinema was burned down by SAVAK, the secret Iranian Police force, similar to the FBI we have here. 420 civilians were killed. This is the event that is said to have triggered the start of the Iranian revolution.
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  • In 1977, protests against Mohammad Reza Shah increased dramatically, and he was forced to leave the country. Ayatollah Khomeini was allowed back into Iran from his exile in Paris, and motivated the Iranian populace to return to traditional Muslim values and to denounce westernization.
  • After the collapse of the Pahlavi Dynasty, a national referendum was held that elected Ayatollah Khomeini as Supreme leader of Iran, and made Iran a Theocracy. Though clergymen and elitists were satisfied with this change of leadership, many women were unhappy with him because traditionally in Islam, women were seem as inferior, and didn't have many rights.
  • Shortly after ayatollah came to power, Mohammad Reza Shah was admitted to the US for cancer treatment. the people of Iran demanded that he must be tried but the US refused. As a result 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days. They were eventually released, and major economic
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