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Published on Apr 18, 2012
A Union of Negatives: Ayatollah Khomeini and the Mobilization of Dissent in the Iranian Revolution
"The Islamic Revolution of 1979 installed Ayatollah Khomeini as the leader of Iran's new Islamic Republic. However, the revolutionary forces were not strongly unified under Khomeini's radical Islamic vision. In fact, many facets of the opposition were opposed to the imposition of the Islamic Republic but were forced to join the Ayatollah's movement as the only legitimate means to overthrow the reign of the American-supported Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. A complex fusion of economic concerns, political blunders of the Shah, and police brutality enabled the relatively unknown Ayatollah to galvanize the many dispirited facets of the opposition movement into a unified force, ultimately enabling his rise as the first leader of the Islamic Republic." -- Nick Sumski, Providence College '12