In our next episode of the Six Years that Made the Middle East, we look at 1979. In the aftermath of the Six Days War, the 1970s saw the rise of a new element to the chaos we know today – extremist Islam. Far from common before 1979, most resistance and protest in the early decades of the modern Middle East was performed through the framework of politics and political resistance. That changed in 1979.
This episode looks at the rise of Khomeini in Iran and the Islamic Revolution there. We see the rise of Arafat among the Palestinians, the war in Lebanon, the rise and fall of Sadat in Egypt, and more. This is part 4 in our series, The Six Years that Made the Middle East.