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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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Father and Son

Father and Son

(p.24) 2 Father and Son
The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

This chapter describes the relationship between Mohammad Reza and his father Reza Kahn. Mohammad Reza was his father's love. His birth eclipsed all else in the household, including his twin sister, Ashraf. Mohammad Reza was two years old in 1921 when the coup d'état occurred. Later, Reza Shah, sent his son to Switzerland to study. When the crown prince returned to Iran, his father told him to be a good soldier in order to be a good king. After his son's graduation, Reza Shah made him the inspector of the Imperial Armed Forces, a job the young man was made to take very seriously. He also included his son in his royal activities, making decisions about important matters of state. On 15 March 1939, the crown prince and Princess Fawzieh of Egypt were married in the Abedin Palace in Cairo.

Keywords:   Mohammad Reza, Reza Khan, crown prince, Reza Shah, Iran, Switzerland, Imperial Armed Forces

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