1979 The Year of the Islamist Revolution

During the 1970s the Middle East was a battleground for the Cold War; liberal pro-Western forces battled with pro-Soviet Arab Nationalists and Baathists. But in 1979 a series of events – the Iranian Revolution, Egypt’s peace with Israel, the Mecca Mosque Siege, and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan  – contributed to a radical change in the mind-set of the region and its leaders. It was the start of the meteoric rise of radical Islam.


Jonathan Hacker

Executive Producers
Jonathan Hacker & Adel Al Abdulkarim