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By Brendan January

Within the center jap kingdom of Iran, discontent simmered for many years. The Iranian humans despised their chief, Reza Shah, who catered to international companies whereas ruling Iran as a dictator. In 1979 discontent boiled up into all-out revolution. Led by way of the charismatic Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian humans seized keep watch over and created a brand new executive in accordance with the Islamic faith. The Iranian Revolution fast turned a showdown among the guidelines and values of Islam and people of the West--particularly the us. the main dramatic occasion during this showdown happened in past due 1979, while Iranian scholars captured a gaggle of U.S. Embassy employees, conserving them hostage for greater than a 12 months. through the following many years, the revolution recast the face of the center East: it set in movement a move of Islamic fundamentalism--a move that has taken middle level in international occasions within the twenty-first century. The Iranian Revolution is an ongoing tale. but the tale ends, the revolution is unquestionably certainly one of international history's so much pivotal moments.

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As part of the revolutionary process, the Iranian people were scheduled to vote on a new government. Bazargan wanted to give the people a choice between a religious government and a secular government. Khomeini wanted to offer only one choice—yes or no to religious government. What did Khomeini truly intend? No one knows for certain. Witnesses to the events have depicted Khomeini in two ways. Some viewed him as a cunning politician who planned far in advance to seize power and impose his religious views on the rest of the nation.

Others were killed because they had committed capital offenses (crimes punishable by death) according to Sharia. These crimes included prostitution, homosexuality, and adultery. THE SHAH IS OVERTHROWN In August 1979, half a year after Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran, thousands of Iranian troops went north to the province of Kordestan. It is home to an ethnic group called the Kurds. They were pushing for self-governance in the wake of the revolution. Khomeini wanted the Kurdish movement crushed as soon as possible.

We have no objective other than saving the oppressed from their oppressors,” said Khomeini. ” Khomeini mocked the shah’s claim that he was granting his people freedom. “Hear me, you pompous toad! ” he roared. “What has it got to do with you, anyway, to grant us anything? Who are you, anyway? ” The impact of Khomeini’s tapes was extraordinary. ” The girl continued,“Agha is the angel who will chase the devil away, Agha will divide bread and smiles equally among us. He’ll not have cronies like that evil shah.

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