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 Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi fled Iran on January 16, 1979, in the face of a revolution that had reached its zenith, but his fate was sealed when mass demonstrations against his rule began in late 1977. The seeds of the Iranian revolution were planted decades earlier, of course, and you can make a pretty good … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the 15 Khordad Movement (1963)

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)