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Making Sense of Iranian Society, Culture, and Business by Hamid Yeganeh

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Chapter 7

Iran and the World

The Postrevolutionary Iran

Before the Islamic revolution, Iran was a member of the Western alliance against the Soviet Union and communist ideology. It maintained cozy relations with the Western countries, enjoyed their military and technological support, and defended their interests in the Persian Gulf region.1 Shortly after the revolution, Iran’s Islamic regime rejected the regional and international status quo and called for an Islamic uprising. The postrevolutionary Iran actively sought to export its ideology to other Muslim and Middle Eastern countries and as a result, clashed with the so-called corrupt and pro-Western regimes in the region.2 Iran’s revolutionary ambitions did not involve territorial claims, ...

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