Saudi Arabia and Revolutionary Iran

  • Banafsheh Keynoush


From its inception in the spring of 1979 following a national referendum, Iran’s Islamic republic was the antithesis to the Saudi monarchy. Khomeini called for the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, and argued that Muslims should unite as one nation (ummah) to administer the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah. The ayatollah gained a small following with Saudi Shi‘is who looked up to Iran as a center of the Shi‘i world, and inspired disgruntled Saudis who admired Iran’s ability to overthrow a powerful king.


Saudi Arabia Foreign Policy Eastern Province Foreign Minister Chemical Weapon 
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