History of Iranian Food

The history of Iranian cooking goes as far back as sixth century B.C. when Cyrus the Great established the Achaemenid Persian Empire which stretched from India to Egypt and parts of Greece. This vast territory unified a conduit of culture and cuisine, and native Persian ingredients such as saffron and rose water were spread throughout […]

The White Revolution: Modernization under Mohammad Reza Pahlavi from 1963 – 1979

The white revolution was a series of reforms resulting in aggressive modernization in Iran launched on 26 January 1963 by the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The reforms resulted in a great redistribution of wealth to Iran’s working class, explosive economic growth in subsequent decades, rapid urbanization, and deconstruction of Iran’s feudalist customs. The reforms were […]

1921 Persian coup d’etat ended the Qajar dynasty and was the beginning of the Pahlavi regime

In late 1920, the Persian Soviet Socialist Republic in Rasht was preparing to march on Tehran with “a guerrilla force of 1,500 Jangalis, Kurds, Armenians and Azerbaijanis”, reinforced by the Bolsheviks’ Red Army. This fact, along with various other disorders, mutinies and unrest in the country created an acute political crisis in the capital. By […]

Women’s protest against compulsory hijab on International Women’s Day: The First Act of Defiance, March 8, 1979

On March 8, 1979, Iranian women’s celebrations of International Women’s Day turned into protests against the Ayatollah Khomeini who was only a few weeks away from taking power. Tens of thousands of brave Iranian women rallied together in the streets of Tehran just after the Shah was ousted. Khomeini vowed to impose a mandatory hijab […]