Pahlavi(redirected from Muhammad Reza Pahlavi)
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1. Mohammed Reza . 1919--80, shah of Iran (1941--79); forced into exile (1979) during civil unrest following which an Islamic republic was established led by the Ayatollah Khomeini
2. his father, Reza. 1877--1944, shah of Iran (1925--41). Originally an army officer, he gained power by a coup d'état (1921) and was chosen shah by the National Assembly. He reorganized the army and did much to modernize Iran
a dynasty in Iran, in power since Dec. 12, 1925. The shahs of the Pahlavi dynasty have been Reza Shah Pahlavi (1925–41) and Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (since Sept. 16, 1941).