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).

Arts & Culture

Rethinking the Arab capital through art

Cliche East vs West paradigms need to yield to the notion of art beyond borders.


The work of art in the age of crude capitalism

On the rise and fall and reinvention of filmmakers in contemporary cinema.

Muslim Ban

The Muslim ban and the ethnic cleansing of America

Trump's Muslim ban is integral to his long-term plan to make the US a solely white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant 'nation'.


The liberal roots of Islamophobia

Today's worst Islamophobes are not hailing from the ranks of the far-right movement, instead they claim to be liberals.


Ten things Iranians can do to preempt a Trump war

Donald Trump wants the US to go to war with Iran, but Iranians can still stop or at least delegitimise his efforts.

Donald Trump

Trump's desperate search for a 'Reichstag Fire'

Given his serious unpopularity, an incident for illegal power grab is increasingly a dangerous possibility.

Middle East

The Israel lobby: All bark but little bite

Al Jazeera's investigation The Lobby shows how weak Israeli propaganda actually is in the face of the BDS movement.

US & Canada

Lady and the Trump

When the American dream turns into a nightmare come true.


When nations fall their artists rise

Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi's works.


Istanbul was our past, Istanbul is our future

This attack is on the culture of tolerance, on the pluralism of Muslim countries that is represented in Istanbul.


2016: The year the ghost of Mosaddegh returned

A vast segment of Americans are legitimately concerned that Trump may upend their democratic institutions.

Donald Trump

Stephen Bannon and disarming Israel

The exposed roots of Zionism in anti-Semitism are now a matter of factual evidence for the whole world to see.