Iran Revolution 1979

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The Iranian Revolution of 1979 changed not only the government of Iran, with its fundamentalist Islamic overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy; this event furthermore impacted the political and religious climate of the countries surrounding it as well. The revolution ushered in an era of transformation in the Middle East. This effect on other nations, primarily due to the nature of the regime transformation Iran underwent, lasted for decades and into the twenty-first century. The nation of Iran transformed itself into a so-called religious republic, specifically an Islamic one, where nothing of similar creation had stood as a country for some time. As this government of Islamic rule in Iran established itself within its country, the more other states with Islamic populations considered the formation of a similar form of government for themselves. However, …show more content…
The social and political climate in Iran during the years just before the revolution erupted included the Shah’s secret police, SAVAK becoming expanded, to the point where in 1975 the organization Amnesty International released a statement declaring Iran’s government to be “one of the world’s worst” human rights violator; no doubt true as evidence of torture in the Shah’s “repressive and hardened” nation became publicly known. Another factor in the growing resentment among the Iranian populace, that had an international impact, existed as the economic hardship that had only grown in recent years. The Iranian government had disastrous attempts in management of the “infusion of petro-dollars” from foreign powers, trying to cut back on reckless government spending and control the “spiraling inflation” rate that had risen unemployment and lowered overall economic growth in the

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