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The Life and Times of the Shah$
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Gholam RezaAfkhami

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520253285

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520253285.001.0001

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A Celebration and a Festival

A Celebration and a Festival

(p.404) 18 A Celebration and a Festival
The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

The celebration of the anniversary of twenty-five hundred years of Iranian monarchy in October 1971 was meant as a tribute to Iran's history, an affirmation of Iran's progress under the Pahlavis, and a testimony to the shah's achievements during his reign. Instead, the event became a rallying point for his enemies, who used the celebration's glitter and gaudiness to launch a widespread attack on him and his policies. The same was true of the Shiraz Art Festival, designed to promote “the arts and the appreciation for traditional Iranian art forms,” to elevate the standard of culture in the country, and to bring to Iran the best, newest, and most avant-garde art of the world. The festival, though artistically successful, became politically an issue of considerable consequence for the regime and a strain on the dynamics of art and politics in the country.

Keywords:   Iranian monarchy, Iran history, Pahlavis, shah, Shiraz Art Festival, politics

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