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  • To understand what the Shah, Mohammad Reza, did, we should first understand what came before him.
  • The Shah before Mohammad Reza was his father, Reza Shah. He wanted to modernize Iran by engaging in oil trade with the West, which stared the White Revolution.
  • We are becoming more like the people I the West, and we are more secular.
  • Mohamad Reza wanted to follow in his father's foot steps to modernize Iran and grant more rights for workers and women. This angered the Islamic leaders.
  • I am trying to make Iran more modern but it isn't pleasing the people.
  • This reform caused unemployment which angered the people, yet through the whole thing the Shah made it look like he was helping.
  • Because he feared opposition, Mohammad established a secret police, the SAVAK, in 1957. They used brutal tactics to carry out Reza's wishes.
  • I even exiled Islamic leaders from Iran. This made the Muslims angry.
  • When Ayatollah Khomeini, an Islamic leader, returned from his exile with his followers, Shah Mohammad Reza was forced out of the country on January 16th, 1979.
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