To Be A Constitutional Revolution: The Iranian Constitutional Movement of 1906-1907 and Its Failure At a Constitutional Revolution

Christner, Courtney
The Iranian Constitutional Movement of 1906-1907 began as an elitist movement to reign in the shah of Iranian's power and secularize the government. Only a year after its passage, the Iranian Constitution was amended by its Supplement in 1907 to return shari'a law as the law of the land. By analyzing Jack Goldstone's argument that a constitutional revolution by definition requires that the constitution removes religious law from the government and as the movement towards a constitution for the Iranian government, it failed to secularize the government after its supplement in 1907. This proves that the Iranian Constitutional Movement of 1906-1907 could not be considered a constitutional revolution because of its lack of secularization to the government.
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