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A Retrospective on the Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution

4 days ago   |   By Tablet Magazine

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution .
On Jan. 16, 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his family left Iran. Several weeks later, on Feb. 1, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Tehran from exile in Paris. Within a matter of days the army declared neutrality, the royal regime collapsed, and new regime was established under the principle of velayat-e faqih- governance of the Islamic jurist. Within another year, almost everyone in my family fled the country.
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