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

Right off the bat I should note that today's post is somewhat ahistorical. February 11 is generally considered the anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, and I'm not sure I agree with that. The date is not insignificant--it was on February 11, 1979, when the royal Iranian army surrendered, marking the end of organized resistance to … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Iranian Revolution ends (1979)

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

One of the ironies of the modern Middle East is that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini became the most popular person in Iran during a time when he wasn't living there. After a career spent mostly as a non-political religious scholar (albeit one who was known within academic circles to be skeptical about anything that smacked of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Khomeini returns from exile (1979)