Chapter

The Gathering Storm

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/9780520253285.003.0020
The Gathering Storm

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Jamshid Amouzegar was appointed prime minister on 7 August 1977. The year Amouzegar was at the helm saw a transformation in the anti-shah forces and their strategy that required political response. The opening of the political space had enabled the left, resulted in sporadic armed struggle, and the Islamists, although more or less contained since the attempt on the shah in 1965, were able to achieve a political mass based in universities and mosques, respectively. All this resulted in an evolutionary history that remained mostly nebulous and seemingly marginal. In 1977, however, what the shah called the alliance of the red and the black began to gel, moving from the shadows into the open. The date 8 September 1978 marked a tragedy for the regime. The Islamists had scored a coup with the Cinema Rex arson in Abadan. The opposition moved from demonstrating on the outside to attacking the regime from within its paraphernalia of governance.

Keywords: political space; Islamists; anti-shah; Cinema Rex arson; Jamshid Amouzegar; governance; coup

Chapter.  12407 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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