Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He received a dual PhD in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He wrote his dissertation on Max Weber's theory of charismatic authority with Philip Rieff (1922-2006), the most distinguished Freudian cultural critic of his time. Professor Dabashi has taught and delivered lectures in many North American, European, Arab, and Iranian universities.

Professor Dabashi has written twenty-five books, edited four, and contributed chapters to many more. He is also the author of over 100 essays, articles and book reviews on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, and comparative literature to world cinema and the philosophy of art (trans-aesthetics). His books and articles have been translated into numerous languages, including Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Russian, Hebrew, Italian, Arabic, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Urdu and Catalan.

His books include Authority in Islam [1989]; Theology of Discontent [1993]; Truth and Narrative [1999]; Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future [2001]; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran [2000]; Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema [2007]; Iran: A People Interrupted [2007]; and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema[2006]. His most recent work includes Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest (2011), The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism (2012), Corpus Anarchicum: Political Protest, Suicidal Violence, and the Making of the Posthuman Body (2012), The World of Persian Literary Humanism (2012) and Being A Muslim in the World (2013).

Politics

Secular despots - coming soon to an Arab state near you

Despots secularising the Middle East might sound appealing to the Economist, but it has little to do with reality.

Secular despots - coming soon to an Arab state near you

United States

'The Harvey Weinstein of Islam' - anyone?

How the New York Times managed to tie religion to Harvey-Weinstein-type of criminal behaviour.

'The Harvey Weinstein of Islam' - anyone?

Literature

The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

Gun violence

The gun lobby is global: From Yemen to Las Vegas

The Saudis, the Israelis, the Myanmar military and all-American shooters in the US use the same guns to kill innocents.

The gun lobby is global: From Yemen to Las Vegas

United States

Moral paralysis in American academia

On 'civilised' scholars and their liberal defence of immoral hate mongering.

Moral paralysis in American academia

United Kingdom

How British colonialism ruined a perfect cup of tea

On the colonial colouring of the culinary calamity the British call a cup of tea.

How British colonialism ruined a perfect cup of tea

Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

A person so blatantly affiliated with genocide should not carry the title "Nobel Peace Prize laureate".

Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

Racism

The Invention of the White People

Dismantling of the murderous myth that is "White People" will break down the backbone of the racist ideology.

The Invention of the White People

United Kingdom

The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

Arts & Culture

Brown skin, white sands: Dunkirk is no Path of Glory

Nolan fails to go beyond his military provincialism and a Euro-universalist vision of a World War II battle.

Brown skin, white sands: Dunkirk is no Path of Glory

Iran

From Khayyam to Mirzakhani: Iran's beautiful minds

Both Omar Khayyam and Maryam Mizrakhani complicate the vision of their common homeland, Iran, in Western imagination.

From Khayyam to Mirzakhani: Iran's beautiful minds

Arts & Culture

Why are we so drawn to Game of Thrones?

We are drawn to GOT in this particular time in our contemporary "post-truth" world because its fiction is truthful.

Why are we so drawn to Game of Thrones?