GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1979-2002: Islamic fundamentalism takes hold in Iran.

Under the Ayatollah Khomeini, law codes based on Islam are introduced in Iran, ending the Shah's radical modernization policies. Khomeini's strict version of Islamic religious standards become the law of everyday life. Some Iranians are upset by the strict religious system. Many people who accepted Western cultural influences leave Iran, including most Jews and Christians. The "Islamicization" of the government continues into the 21st century.

PBS Islamic Revolution

Vis Vis explores why the '79 Revolution took place and what has happened since then.

PBS Terror and Tehran: Inside Iran: The Structure of Power in Iran /shows/tehran/inside/govt.html

An overview of the Iranian government and political system.

PBS Winds of Change /jan-june00/iran_2-17.html

An election story about tomorrow's parliamentary elections in Iran (February 2000)

PBS Elections in Iran /jan-june00/election_2-21.html

NewsHour leads a discussion with experts on the reformist coalition victory in Iranian parliamentary elections, after a background report. (February 2000)

PBS The Evolution of Islamic Terrorism /shows/target/etc/modern.html

Frontline addresses the rise and spread of militant Islamic groups from the late 1960s to today.