Friday, July 31, 2015

Historical Context- Marjane's upbringing (U.G)

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

Marjane grew up in the midst of the Iranian revolution that took place in 1979. The revolution began to overthrow the Pahlavi dynasty under Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. There was social injustice, exile of Ayatollah Khomeini, westernization and discontent with the Shah's rule that caused the revolution (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlav, 2015)

Iranian Revolution 1979

There were demonstrations on the street, there were many strikes and civil resistance. 
It is documented that about 2,781 protesters and revolutionaries were killed in the span of one year 1978-1979 (A QUESTION OF NUMBERS, 2003).

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

The aftermath of the revolution resulted in the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. A new Islamic republic of Iran headed by Velayat-e-Faqih  was established.
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the new supreme leader of Iran (Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlav, 2015) 

Here is a link to a video posted on YouTube of the footage from the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Iranian Revolution 1979

Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlav. (2015). Retrieved from Encyclopedia Britannica:
A QUESTION OF NUMBERS. (2003). Retrieved from Iranian Voice:

1 comment:

  1. This is a documentary on the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It's only 55 minutes long and covers lots of aspects from the revolution.