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).

Gun violence

Unnatural Born Killers: Slaughter of American innocence

What is really at the root of madness of regular gun violence in the United States?

Unnatural Born Killers: Slaughter of American innocence

United States

The Post: Spielberg's outdated ode to US journalism

Spielberg's new movie, The Post, feebly tries in vain to retrieve a heroic age of American journalism.

The Post: Spielberg's outdated ode to US journalism

Iran

Scholarship and the imperial native informers

What happens when a scholarly idea developed for the public good ends up in the hands of a native informer?

Scholarship and the imperial native informers

Iran

Can the subaltern speak English?

For weeks, journalists, pundits and global leaders were making assumptions about Iranian protesters ... in English.

Can the subaltern speak English?

Iran

The top 10 ways to discredit any uprising in Iran

A manual on how to compromise the legitimacy of the recent momentous protests in Iran.

The top 10 ways to discredit any uprising in Iran

Donald Trump

History of the world at year 1 after Trump

On the eve of our second year with Donald Trump as US president, let's look back on what 2017 has been like.

History of the world at year 1 after Trump

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Top 10 reasons to celebrate the UN vote on Jerusalem

This vote exposed that the Palestinian cause is a towering global concern not limited to Arab and Muslim countries.

Top 10 reasons to celebrate the UN vote on Jerusalem

Arts & Culture

What are the Saudis afraid of?

Islamic art is a reminder of a Muslim past that some of today's powers are trying to undo.

What are the Saudis afraid of?

Jerusalem

Jerusalem will never be the capital of a settler colony

Jerusalem has always been and will always remain the Palestinian capital.

Jerusalem will never be the capital of a settler colony

United States

Muhammad bin Kushner, Jared bin Salman, Daffy Duck & Co

Muhammad bin Salman, Jared Kushner and Thomas Friedman are all integral to a bad cartoon show we are forced to watch.

Muhammad bin Kushner, Jared bin Salman, Daffy Duck & Co

Middle East

On the Kurdish Question

Formation of an independent Kurdistan would be disastrous for all peoples of the region, including the Kurds themselves.

On the Kurdish Question

United States

Making sense of Edvard Munch in Trump's America

There is no "Scream" loud enough to express the horror of present-day political delusions in America.

Making sense of Edvard Munch in Trump's America