Berry 1Devin BerryCultural ThemesPrakasamDecember 1, 2010Looking Towards Western CultureThe Islamic Revolution, also known as the Iranian Revolution or the Revolutionof 1979, lead by Ayatollah Khomeini, brought about numerous changes to the nation of Iran. Prior to the revolution, Iran was a monarchy, but Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlaviwas overthrown and it was replaced with an Islamic Republic. While the Revolution did bring about many positive changes like health care for the poor, many of the other changes were deemed to be a negative thing by the Iranians. Throughout this time thecultures of other countries were of great interest to the younger generations. During andfollowing the Islamic revolution there were many radical changes in Iran, in most aspectof its culture, which have left lasting results.The Islamic republic that was introduced into Iranian life in 1979 brought aboutnew programs that previously did not exist in Iran. Education was broadened, literacyrates increased, and infant mortality dropped. However, at this time other programs werestarted that not all Iranians agreed with. The government began to promote Islam;secularism was eliminated, as were all American influences. A large emphasis was placedon religious devotion and it caused the older and younger generations to disagree greatly.