Influence and Sacrifices
The Cultural Revolution united the theological schools in Qom with state universities and brought secular teachers to Qom for a time. This had the unexpected result of exposing many students in Qom to Western thought, so that it is possible to find "clerics and teachers of theology who know something of contemporary Western thought and philosophy."
Another aspect was that many teachers and technocrats left Iran to escape the Cultural Revolution. While the revolution achieved it goal of ridding the universities of Western influence, it also greatly weakened Iran in the fields of science and technology needed for development.
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