Iranian Revolution

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Mohammad Beheshti in the Tehran Ashura demonstration, 11 December 1978

The Iranian Revolution (Persian: انقلاب ایران‎, translit. Enqelāb-e Iran; also known as the Islamic Revolution or the 1979 Revolution) refers to events involving the overthrow of the Persian monarchy under Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, and eventual replacement with an Islamic Republic under the Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution.


  • I admit that I called it wrong really from the beginning and in the direction that it went. The direction that it went -- this rather harsh and brutal and intolerant direction that it went -- certainly surprised me. I didn't expect it. Nor did I expect that we and the Iranians would remain estranged for as long as we have.

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