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The last four decades in Iran have been marked by internal tension due to its political system, which combines theocratic and republican elements. from shutterstock.com

Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, could the country be at risk of another one?

Reformers have tried to modernise Iran for decades but have failed mainly due to the country's powerful theocracy. And then there are those who want to overthrow the regime altogether.
Protests during the Iranian Revolution, 1978 represent broader struggles across the region between secular and Islamic models of governance playing out. Wikicommons

World politics explainer: the Iranian Revolution

The Iranian Revolution was a hard-fought battle for those in favour of the Islamist model of governance, inspiring similar movements that have had varying degrees of success across the region.
An American protester makes his feelings plain during the Iranian hostage crisis, 1979. Wikimedia Commons

Why does the American right hate Iran so much?

Ever since the shocking spectacle of the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, American conservatives have reserved a special disdain for the Islamic Republic.
An Islamic revolution ran the shah out of Iran in 1979. Now, his father’s mummified body has resurfaced. AP Photo

Unearthed mummy recalls an Iran before the ayatollahs

A mummy unearthed during construction in Iran may be the body of a former shah. For the Islamic regime, the discovery is an unwelcome reminder of Iran's secular past. For protesters, it holds promise.
Thousands of Iranian women took to the streets to protest against the hijab law in Tehran in the spring of 1979. A women’s movement has recently taken hold in Iran. Hengameh Golestan

Iranian women risk arrest: Daughters of the revolution

Iran's young "daughters of the revolution" are protesting hijab laws and demanding equal rights. They're the ultimate symbol of female resistance on this International Women's Day.
Iranian voters, fed up with politics as usual, have demanded the ouster of both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. Amr Alfiky/Reuters

Unrest in Iran will continue until religious rule ends

11 activists have died in prison since Iran's mass protests were crushed in January. Now, some detainees' families are keeping a daily vigil outside jails. It's a sign that unrest in Iran is not over.
The Saudi king presents Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud medal on May 20, 2017. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump, Saudi Arabia and yet another arms deal

Shared economic and security interests have kept Saudi Arabia and the US close over the decades despite dramatic differences in the way the two countries are governed.

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