In September 1978, Michel Foucault flew to Tehran to cover the uprising against Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi for the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. At that time, the uprising against the Shah was in its most dramatic phase. From August to December, extensive strikes and million-strong demonstrations paralyzed the country, and in January 1979, the Shah fled Iran. A more than 18-month-long process of demonstrations, confrontations with the shah's police, general strikes and numerous political meetings was thus over. In February, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned. . .