The Ayatollah’s Shadow

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:
The Ayatollah’s Shadow

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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

Chapter.  11520 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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