We track four people on their journey.
What's the cost of South Korea's drinking culture?
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 ; Theology of Discontent ; Truth and Narrative ; Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future ; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran ; Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema ; Iran: A People Interrupted ; and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema. 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).
Is Ai Weiwei's portrayal of Aylan Kurdi's death his greatest work of suicidal art?
04 Feb 2016 11:14 GMT | Arts & Culture, Politics, Middle East, Refugees, Mediterranean
A vote for Hillary Clinton is not a vote against Republicans.
01 Feb 2016 13:25 GMT | Politics, United States, Hillary Clinton, US Election 2016
A bit of the Chinese business-is-business attitude is perhaps what the boiling Arab-Iranian tensions now badly need.
26 Jan 2016 14:43 GMT | Business & Economy, Politics, Middle East, China, Iran
The cruelty of the ruling empire is not through military domination alone but by posing as the last court of appeal.
Hamid Dabashi | 22 Jan 2016 07:30 GMT | Politics, War & Conflict, Middle East, Iran, Saudi Arabia
None of its regional adversaries are a match for the Iranian version of soft and smart power.
Hamid Dabashi | 17 Jan 2016 09:05 GMT | War & Conflict, Politics, Middle East, Iran, Hassan Rouhani
Cool-headed diplomacy, personal contacts, ad hominem relations prevent potentially dangerous incidents.
Hamid Dabashi | 14 Jan 2016 05:23 GMT | War & Conflict, Politics, Middle East, Hassan Rouhani, Iran
Twin sister of Iran's late Shah dead at 96, leaving a legacy that has been painted antithetically.
Hamid Dabashi | 10 Jan 2016 08:28 GMT | Iran, Politics, Middle East
More than ever, we are in need of sanity, reason, informed consciousness, civilised debates and critical thinking.
Hamid Dabashi | 07 Jan 2016 12:10 GMT
The escalating rivalries and animosities between Iran and Saudi Arabia have nothing to do with the Sunni-Shia divide.
Hamid Dabashi | 04 Jan 2016 09:13 GMT | War & Conflict, Politics, Arts & Culture, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
Palestinian cinema is blessed by some of the most gifted filmmakers anywhere in the world.
Hamid Dabashi | 19 Dec 2015 05:59 GMT | Politics, Arts & Culture, Middle East, Gaza: After the war, Palestine
People like Trump and his ilk did not have to wait for San Bernardino attack to unleash hatred of Muslims or Arabs.
Hamid Dabashi | 09 Dec 2015 11:55 GMT | Human Rights, Politics, US & Canada, United States, Islam
South Koreans drink twice as much liquor as Russians, but is this national obsession with alcohol reversible?
Health, Asia, South Korea
How improving relations between communist Cuba and the capitalist US will change the lives of people on both sides.
Politics, United States, Cuba
Mayotte is a magnet for Comoros islanders who risk their lives crossing hazardous seas in search of a better life.
Poverty & Development, France, Refugees
A three-part series looking at the history of France's black community and their long struggle for recognition.
Politics, US & Canada, France