Islamic Revolution

Of 1974


The Islamic Revolution occurred in 1979, in the Muslim country Iran. One main reason for the revolution was that many Iranians disliked the Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Ayatollah Khomeini organized protests to overthrow the government, because the government saw them as corrupt and unresponsive to their needs. The 1979 Revolution escalated when an Iranian newspaper criticized Khomeini; therefore, people protested, and the government's reaction was to crack down. The Shah left Iran and came to the U.S. during the Islamic revolution, and Khomeini used guards and strict courts to apply harsh laws. The people that didn't obey these laws were executed, which led to several hundred people being executed during that time. Revolutions still occur in Iran; in fact, the "Green Revolution" occurred in 2009-2010 because of young people who wanted more rights and liberty. Reformist Shia Clerics encouraged the young people to protest. In America, we still till this day remember the burning of American flags and taking hostages about the Iranian revolution. Some still consider the government repressive today because Iran still executes a high percentage of criminals.