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Iran Before the Islamic Revolution

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Iran Before The Islamic Revolution is a catchphrase used in memes that parody depictions of Iran as Western and liberal before the culmination of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The memes typically parody various portrayals of pre-revolution Iran that place notable focus on the way women dressed before the national imposition of the hijab or veil. Memes parodying these portrayals of Iranian women without the hijab were popularized on Reddit after 2017.


The Iranian Revolution culminated with the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979. The Pahlavi dynasty had previously introduced various progressive reforms that promoted aggressive modernization in Iran after 1963, which resulted in a redistribution of wealth to Iran's working class, rapid urbanization and deconstruction of Iran's feudalist customs.[1]

Depictions of pre-Islamic Revolution Iran on the internet often focus on the absence of the veil or hijab in photographs of Iranian women before 1979. A June 26th, 2013, post by Redditor[2] /u/Kamais_Ookin to the /r/HistoryPorn subreddit is an early example of such a post, gathering over 2,000 upvotes in nine years (seen below).

2210 ADE-E Iranian woman in the era before the Islamic revolution by Ayatollah Khomeini. Iran, 1960. [674 x 1040] ( submitted 9 years ago by Kamais_Ookin 249 comments share save hide give award report crosspost hide all child comments b *٤١ ٥٥٤٠٤ © 2011

Various other internet users have posted images of women without the hijab in pre-revolution Iran on the internet since.[3][4] The earliest known meme acknowledging this trend was posted by a now-deleted Redditor to /r/Izlam on June 25th, 2018,[5] gathering over 3,800 upvotes in five years (seen below).

Iran from the 70s Reddit Shrinking Teton Glaciers Iranian girl without Hijab


In the early 2020s, the cliche continued to spread in various memes. For example, on November 28th, 2021, Twitter[8] user @lawyerman_ktk posted a tweet that read, "*opens western history book* / Iran before the Islamic revolution." The post gathered over 4,900 likes in two years (seen below, left). On June 28th, 2022, Twitter[9] user @ElectionLegal posted a still from the 2023 Barbie movie with the caption, "Iran before the Islamic Revolution," gathering over 90,000 likes in a year (seen below, right).

Lawyerman™ @lawyerman_ktk Nov 28, 2021 *opens western history book* "Iran before the Islamic revolution" 51 DE wille t 661 4,937 ılı REIM : Pericles 'Perry' Abbasi @Election Legal. Jun 28, 2022 Iran before the Islamic Revolution 354 t 6,932 Cow ARB SKATE 95.9K 3 اار ←] :

On September 14th, 2022, Redditor[6] /u/mo_omar69 posted a meme about the trend to /r/historymemes, gathering over 14,000 upvotes in eight months (seen below, left). On October 2nd, Imgur[7] user GloryArse posted a meme parodying posts that focus on Iranian people at the beach, gathering over 120,000 views in seven months (seen below, right).

How to earn fake internet points 101 tutorial: Step 1: Step 2: Take an image Grey-scale the of naked women image. on a beach. Censored Step 3: Censored Caption it: "Iran before Islamic Revolution" Women before izlamic revolution nsored ensored Censored Censored Step 4: POST ON reddit AND SEE THE UPVOTES ROLLING IN!! ^ University of Tehran, Department of Computer Science and Engineering before the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Rare Photo (1975)

Various Examples

Mid 20th century wedding in Iran (before the Islamic Republic took over in 1979) SENCER @57SenCER Horses in iran before and after the islamic revolution. This is so sad 10:26 AM Dec 14, 2021 29 Retweets 2 Quotes 446 Likes 13 Bookmarks : keyv @still_oppressed • Apr 3 Found this old picture of my mom shopping in Iran before the 1979 revolution 16 t 109 2,402 PERSIAN CUISINE ستوران تهران PATIO DIN ₁77.5K (→ keyv @still_oppressed Just found this old picture of my dad in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution 2:27 PM. Apr 6, 2023 160.7K Views Pericles 'Perry' Abbasi @Election Legal · Aug 12, 2022 Women in Iran were so beautiful before the Islamic Revolution 80 1862 12K 3 ↑ : bourgeois women in mini skirts Arab liberals 3 Is this a democracy

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External References

[1] Encyclopedia Britannica – White Revolution

[2] Reddit – /r/HistoryPorn

[3] Twitter – historyinmemes

[4]  Twitter – ARanganathan72

[5] Reddit – /r/Izlam

[6] Instagram – HistoryMemes

[7] Imgur – GloryArse

[8] Twitter – lawyerman_ktk

[9] Twitter – ElectionLegal

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I admit i don't know the in and outs of modern Iran history but given the stuff i read about and research. Despite Iran(and to extended the middle east) modernizing, there was no real democracy being praicaitce as the shah and his concil had all the real power. Given the forced secularization and how most people were still fairly religious, many didn't like it. It didn't help that the shah was ally by western powers and seen as a puppet. People protesting the government were finding ways organized the moment to overthrown the shah. At the time going to the clergy did seems like a decent idea as they can organized and talking about liberating iranian people from the colonization of Iran. However turn out it replace a authoritarian regime with another authoritarian regime just more religious.


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