Ardavan Khoshnood, Arvin Khoshnood
Middle East Quarterly, 25(3)
Publication year: 2018

On January 16, 1979, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who had ruled Iran for nearly thirty-eight years, left the country in the face of a nationwide popular revolution—never to return. Shortly after his departure, it became known that the deposed monarch suffered from advanced cancer, and on July 27, 1980, he passed away in Cairo, at age sixty.

Did the shah’s illness play a role in the advent of the Iranian revolution?

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