The Iranian Revolution and the Shi`a Ascendancy
The Iranian revolution is often called the Islamic revolution. According to Wright the revolution happened in 1979 with the overthrowing of the Pahlavi dynasty which had been the monarchy in power. Iran had been in the hands of the monarch for longer periods than characterized the colonization of other modern countries (Nars, 2007). After the monarch was overthrown it was substituted by the Islamic Republic. This new republic of Iran was governed by the revolution’s leader Ayatollah R.Khomeini (Nars, 2007).