It was Feb. 11, 1979. After days of protests, street battles and uncertainty, Iran’s military stood down, paving the way for the Islamic Revolution and the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The two thousand five hundred year old Iranian monarchy was over. The journey since has seen a variety of challenges, from a struggling economy to geopolitical uncertainty.
CGTN’s Jim Spellman has more in this report.
- Mana Mostatabi is the communications director at the National Iranian American Council.
- Roya Hakakian is an Iranian-American journalist and author. Her memoir, “Journey from the Land of No”, focuses on growing up as a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran.
- Muqtedar Khan founded the University of Delaware’s Islamic Studies program where he serves as a professor of political science and international relations.
- Professor Nasser Hadian teaches law and political science at the University of Tehran.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians attended nationwide rallies on Monday to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. The rallies in the Iranian cities were coupled with anti-US sentiments reflected in the slogans. #Iran https://t.co/1NRNt3A0Dk pic.twitter.com/LOS2T0IC2M
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) February 11, 2019
The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later https://t.co/EA4dmeYx4j
— AFP news agency (@AFP) February 10, 2019