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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 Ayatollah’s Shadow

The Ayatollah’s Shadow

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The Life and Times of the Shah

Gholam R. Afkhami

University of California Press

The shah and the queen arrived in the Bahamas on 30 March 1979. The shah's American assistants counseled him to stay on the island, which made him feel imprisoned, helpless, and suspicious. The experience of the past few years had also taught him that what he said would not make much difference to those who chose not to believe. The shah had known he was ill since late 1973 with an enlargement of his spleen. In the Bahamas, the shah's illness flared up, requiring chemotherapy. After the shah left Morocco, Iran was officially an Islamic republic. Khomeini declared Iran as the government of the disinherited, the Government of God. Many generals of the shah's regime were executed on the charge of corrupting the earth because they had worked with the shah.

Keywords:   Bahamas, shah, spleen enlargement, Islamic republic, executions, Pahlavi regime

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