Shahram Pahlavi-Nia’s engagement and marriage ceremony

By her own account, Pahlavi was offered a blank check if she agreed to return to Iran from her enforced exile in France, but refused the money and returned of her own accord.Some historians argue that the coup would have occurred with or without Ashraf Pahlavi’s persuasion of her brother. In an International Journal of Middle East Studies article, writer Mark Gasiorowski states that the Shah “was not consulted about the decision to undertake the coup, about its manner of execution, or about the candidate chosen to replace Mossadegh” and that the coup was instead largely executed by the United States and others looking to undermine Mossadegh’s leadership.