Chapter

The Man

Gholam R. Afkhami

in The Life and Times of the Shah

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780520253285
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253285.003.0003
The Man

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Mohammad Reza acquired many of his father's habits, though Mohammad Reza was shy and reserved even when at the apogee of power. As crown prince, Mohammad Reza had been taught to be Spartan in his personal life; he remained so as king. His father slept on the floor in an unadorned room. The son also lived in relative simplicity. He was punctual, disciplined, and given to daily routines he followed almost religiously, even when he was on vacation. Of his three brides (Fawzieh, Soraya, and Farah), it was Farah that bore the shah a male heir in less than a year, which made her position secure and the shah's relation with her unique. The shah's circle of friends was small and over the years remained relatively unchanged. The shah's childhood religious beliefs remained with him to the end. He insisted on honoring the Islamic tenets.

Keywords: Mohammad Reza; Reza Shah; shah; Farah; Islam

Chapter.  8240 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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