Iran: The Munificent King

Once again the streets of Teheran rang with angry shouts. Two thousand workers invaded the university campus to battle students. In the teeming bazaar, steel-helmeted police beat back religious leaders who were attempting a three-day strike. All the excitement was over the social reforms of Iran's 43-year-old king of kings, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. After years of hesitation, the Shah at last was tearing the land from Iran's feudal village owners and religious leaders, distributing it to the peasants, and forcing factory owners to give workers a 20% share of their profits.

The Moslem mullahs (priests), whose shrine lands were...

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