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title page the persian gulf

The Persian Gulf

Title Page – The Persian Gulf


  • Seth Charms
  • Megan Barrett
  • Jenny Hyman
table of contents
Table of Contents
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia

Table of Contents

  • Saddam Hussein
  • Iran-Iraq War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • Gulf War Pictures
  • Gulf War Movies
  • Iraqi surrender
  • Economic Sanctions and Weapon Inspections
saddam hussein
Saddam Hussein
  • Hussein moved to Baghdad in 1955, in 1959 he joined the Baath party and escaped to Cairo after an assassination.
  • Hussein became involved in politics and returned to Baghdad in 1963
  • Built country up and bought Soviet weapons with oil money
  • Rules country with an iron hand, killed enemies
iran iraq war
Iran-Iraq War
  • Iraqi loses totaled 400,000 soldiers, and a debt of $75 billion.
  • Lead by Hussein
persian gulf war
Persian Gulf War
  • Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990 and refused to leave by the UN security council deadline of January 1991.
  • Led by Hussein
economic sanctions weapon inspections
Economic Sanctions & Weapon Inspections
  • The UN impressed economic sanctions on Iraq, such as no fly-zones and embargo.
  • The UN demanded themselves to be allowed to check for illegal weapons but this was denied by Saddam Hussein.
  • This made the UN aware that they had to make a greater effort to control chemical and biological weapons.
  • After War, Iraq was forced to destroy its chemical and biological weapons, but did not comply
  • No fly zones were created over Kuwait

Hussein vs. Weapons Inspectors


Table of Contents

  • The Shah Monarchy
  • Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Khomeini and Islamic Revolution
  • Iran-Iraq War
  • Contemporary Iran


  • Iranian timeline
the shah monarchy
The Shah Monarchy
  • “Shah” is Persian King, years of reign.
  • During 20th century Shah monarchy Muslims were not very religious.
  • Women had almost equal rights to men.
  • Trade was good, but Iran had economic problems.
  • Children ages 7-13 were required to go to school.
  • Under Shah, security strong.
  • Strong ally of US and Israel.
ayatollah khomeini
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • For many years, opposition to corrupt and oppressive Shah reign.
  • Under Khomeini, Iran became an “Islamic Republic”, and an enemy of the US.
  • Revolution very popular with Iranians-between Shah and Khomeini.
  • Turned Iran away from the western World “in the name of Islam”. US seen as “Great Satan”.
khomeini islamic revolution
Khomeini & Islamic Revolution
  • Hostage Crisis.
  • He was the absolute and only Ruler for 10 years until 1989.
  • Followed the Shari'a laws to an extreme extent.
  • Rejection of West by embracing fundamentalist Islam.
  • Died in 1989.
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Iran - Iraq War
  • 1980 there was a war between Iran and Iraq-lasted 8 years.
  • Caused by differences between different ethnic groups, Iran:Persian, Iraq:Arab, as well as, border disagreements.
  • It was assumed by Iraq that Iran was weak after the Iranian Revolution.
  • Iran lost 600,000 Iranians, and the economic loss totaled 1.2 billion US dollars.
  • War finally ends in a stalemate.
contemporary iran divided
Contemporary Iran Divided
  • Controversy between Khatami and Khamenei.
  • Khatami wants Iran to be friendlier to the US and the western world. More freedom in Iran.
  • Khamenei wants Iran to be exactly the way Khomeini had it. US as “Great Satan,” Shari'a law.
  • Country divided.
  • Most Iranian support Khatami, but Khamenei supported by military and clerisy.




iranian timeline
Iranian Timeline

The Shahs

Islamic Revolution



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saudi arabian map
Saudi Arabian Map

Saudi Arabia


Table of Contents

  • Wahhabism/History
  • Monarchy
  • Opec Oil; Saudis And Arab Neighbors
  • Opec Oil; Saudis And Arab Neighbors
  • Persian Gulf Security
  • Mecca, holds the holiest shrine of Islam, the Kaaba.
  • Madina,is a scared city where Muhammad took refuge
  • Riyadh, is the capitol of Saudi Arabia
opec oil saudis and arab neighbors
Opec Oil; Saudis And Arab Neighbors
  • Saudi Arabia status quo, rejects both Arab nationalism, Egypt under Nasser and Islamic fundamentalism, Iran under Khomeini.
  • Arab vs. Saudis: mutual enmity.
wahhabism history
  • Movement in Islam from mid 18th century.
  • The Wahhabis formed a large tribe, and very strictly followed Islam, in vast empty deserts.
  • In 1802, the Wahhabis conquered Mecca, but in 1812, were driven out out of Mecca.
  • Because of their extreme attitude, the Wahhabis were founders of Saudi Arabia.
  • Eventually come to be rulers of Saudi Arabia.
  • The house of Saud is the family that rules Saudi Arabia.
  • Monarchy started in 1932, when they conquered territories were unified, and Abdul Azin was named king.
  • Present king of Saudi Arabia: FAHD bin Abd al-Azin Al Saud.
  • Constitution: Governed according to Shari’a (Islamic Law); Basic Law that articulates governments rights and responsibilities (est. 1993).
  • Sauds use Islam as unifying idea for country
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Opec Oil; Saudis And Arab Neighbors
  • Happened during 1973, while the Yom Kippur war was happening in Israel.
  • Saudi Arabia played a leading role in an oil boycott against the Western countries that supported Israel. Gains Arab support
  • In March, 1974, the oil embargo ended.
  • This resulted in a strong increase in oil prices. They nearly quadrupled.Saudi Arabia becomes rich and powerful.
persian security
Persian Security
  • On August 2, 1990, Iraq invades Kuwait
  • 1,000.000 Iraqi soldiers on Saudi Arabian border.
  • 4 days later on August 6, King FAHD meets with Richard Cheney, and requests military assistance form USA.
  • Allied Coalition defeats Iraq and Kuwait liberated.
  • Saudi Arabia safe, Persian Gulf free for oil shipping.
  • Continued presence of American troops very controversial inside Saudi Arabia.
  • Some Saudis call for overthrow of King, resort to terrorism against “infidels”