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THE CRISIS

The President, the Prophet, and the Shah — 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam



DAVID HARRIS





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Copyright 2004 by David Harris

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Photo credits — Page 1: Seal of the United States, former American embassy, Tehran, 2004, SIAVASH. Page 7: Jimmy Carter, president of the United States, 1976, Copyright Owen Frankin/Corbis; Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1979, Copyright Abbas/Magnum; Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, shah of Iran, 1960, Copyright Bettmann/ Corbis. Page 93: The shah leaves Iran for the final time, January 16, 1979, Copyright Patrick Shauvel/Corbis Sygma. Page 147: Rally in Tehran, 1979, Copyright Abbas/Magnum. Page 197: Unidentified American hostage, first week of November, 1979, Copyright Bettmann/Corbis. Page 277: Desert One, April 26,1980, Copyright Abbas/Magnum. Page 363: Presidential debate, October 28,1980, Copyright Bettmann/Corbis. Page 425: Freed hostages arrive in Germany, January 21,1981, Copyright Bettmann/Corbis.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

PART One: Commencement

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