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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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The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

The shah's decision to leave was hard on his friends and supporters, many of whom believed at the time that if the shah remained, Khomeini would not return to Iran. The decision disheartened the armed forces and the royal family. He left the country with Bakhtiar as the prime minister. The decision disheartened the armed forces. The shah planned to go to the United States after visiting with President Sadat, in Aswan, Egypt. On 17 January, the BBC quoted Khomeini as declaring the shah's belongings nationalized and charging the future Islamic government to retrieve and return them to the Iranian people. On 1 February 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran, apparently in a stoic mood. Later, Bakhtiar's fall and the army's declaration of neutrality essentially transformed the shah from a monarch to a former king. Khomeini and his regime were no doubt illegitimate usurpers.

Keywords:   shah, Prime Minister Bakhtiar, President Sadat, Egypt, Khomeini, Islamic government

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