Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: The Islamic Revolution In Iran

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In 1978 Iran suffered the first televised modern religious revolution the world had ever seen. It was a time where the leader thought more of his country that the people did themselves. The Islamic revolution was a subject of a popular uprising that took place in Iran for two years (1978-79); it mainly resulted in the overthrowing of the Shah monarchy. On April 1st Islam became the first the Islamic state, with Ayatollah Khomeini as its lifelong leader. The revolution in Iran was the result of many unspoken issues, but the major one was the underestimation of religion that the Shah regime expressed. From September 1941 to February 1979 Islam was ruled by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, his main goal was to turn his country into a modern industrial …show more content…
Political protests became sources of censorship, illegal detention and torture became very common as a mode of punishment for the protesters. For the first time the intellectuals whom were fascinated by the populist appeal of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini suddenly abandoned their aim of reducing power to the ulama and worked towards acquiring their help to overthrow the Shah regime. The man behind those ideas was none other than Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a former philosophy professor who had been arrested in 1964 for having made harsh comments against the Shas recent reform program that was set in motion earlier that year. In that fashion members of the National front joined the ulama in the opposition of the Shah’s regime; Khomeini continued to preach the evil behind Shah’s regime. In January of 1978, fueled by what they thought was slanderous remarks against Khomeini in a Therān newspaper thousands of students took the streets; most of them were young madrassa’s who came from religious schools. Those were then followed by thousands young Iranian who as well began protesting the Shah regime alongside Khomeini. Many people were killed by government forces during the anti- regime protests, no only increasing the size of the protests but also by fueling the violence that was shown. Each death kept fueling the next protest and it began to create some sort of vicious cycle of violence. As the protests got bigger the religious aspect of it became more and more apparent, cloaked protesters of Shī’ite Islam made their appearance. You could clearly hear them crying Allāhu Akbar (“God is great”) as religious protests coming from the rooftops in the

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