Today in Middle Eastern history: the Iranian Revolution (1979)

In all the time I’ve been running this blog and posting on important events in Islamic history, I haven’t done a February 11 post to commemorate the Iranian Revolution. And to be honest, it’s partly because I’ve never really been able to figure out why February 11 is considered the anniversary of the event. The… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Iranian Revolution (1979)

Middle East update: February 5 2019

SYRIA Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, declared on Tuesday that further Israeli attacks on Syria would lead to “a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson” to the Israelis. I’m not sure what that means but it’s probably not good from a regional stability standpoint–though, to be fair, neither is… Continue reading Middle East update: February 5 2019

Today in Middle Eastern history: Khomeini returns from exile (1979)

For some period of time leading up to February 1, 1979, it can plausibly be argued that the most popular person in Iran wasn’t in Iran. That person, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, took a while to reach that level of fame. Khomeini had been critical of modernization (which he identified with Westernization) since the 1940s, when… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Khomeini returns from exile (1979)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Khomeini returns from exile (1979)

For some period of time leading up to February 1, 1979, it can plausibly be argued that the most popular person in Iran wasn’t in Iran. Ruhollah Khomeini had been critical of modernization (which he identified with Westernization) since the 1940s, when he came into his own as a scholar and teacher. But it wasn’t… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Khomeini returns from exile (1979)

Today in Middle East history: February 11

Well today certainly marks an important anniversary in the annals of the modern Middle East. Yes, that’s right, 56 years ago today Great Britain organized six states in its Aden Protectorate in southern Arabia into the Federation of Arab Emirates of the South. A little more than 3 years later they would add nine more… Continue reading Today in Middle East history: February 11