A Year After His Election, Rohani Is Changing Iran Without Shaking It Up

It’s not just the interim nuclear deal with the powers. The new president is getting tough with the Revolutionary Guard and promoting civil rights.

“Our goal is to establish a modern and developed Iran,” Hassan Rohani said in a newspaper interview in 1995. “It will be a model state for all Muslims and a slap in the face to all the mistaken notions about Islam — statements claiming that Islam is incapable of running a society and that religious culture is incapable of building a developed society.”