The Iranian Revolution In 1979

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Introduction

The Iranian Revolution in 1979 is regarded as one of the most influential events in the aggregate history of Iran. It was a catalyst in the history of Iran because many great changes occurred in this time period from 1979 onwards. The Iranian Revolution was a nationalist, populist, and Shi'a Islamic revolution that replaced the dictatorial monarchy with an Islamic republic. Pre-revolutionary Iran was run by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and was called the Pahlavi dynasty, who was supported by the United States of America. The demonstrations against the Shah began in October 1977 in which expanded into civil resistance against the Shah which was driven by religious elements. As the demonstrations and protests grew greater and stronger
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The lives of women in Iran have changed drastically in many aspects in which they have no choice but to obey these changes that have been imposed upon them. Pre-revolutionary Iran and post-revolutionary Iran in terms of the female population, are very different era's. These two era's are also known as the Pahlavi regime and the Islamic republic. The Shah of Iran's goal was to westernize Iran while still holding it's religious values to a lesser extent. The nation was predominantly Islamic but Pahlavi sought to look for a way to have a mixture of both westernization and keeping the nation…show more content…
This section of the essay will analyze the effect of the revolution on the women in Iran comparing it to their lives before the revolution. As soon as the revolution in Iran ended, the Islamic Republic immediately took hold of the nation, and started to make changes instantly. Changes were made in almost all aspects of life, in which many of these changes were directly specifically towards the women in Iran. During the Pahlavi dynasty, women played a major role as they were seen equal to men, but under the Islamic republic, it was the complete opposite, they were seen as objects. As soon as Khomeini, the supreme leader, came into power, the Family Protection Acts (FPA) was diminished completely. The FPA was working towards a goal of of giving women rights that they did not have before, but with the arrival of the Islamic regime, those rights disappeared. Although those rights did disappear, a lot of women in rural areas of Iran did not even realise they had these rights, because those rights were not enforced as much as they should have

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