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Hamid Dabashi: 'It's a red-herring'

The Columbia University professor and author discusses whether the US is a reluctant empire.

Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 16:29
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It’s a proxy war already. So sudden hoopla after the most recent gassing of civilians [over] whether or not should the US intervene - it’s a red herring, it’s just a nonsensical question.

Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University professor

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Professor Dabashi is a founding member of Columbia University’s Center for Palestine Studies, a leading cultural critic, an award-winning author, and a public speaker.

He is the author and editor of more than 25 books and writes on topics ranging from Iranian studies and comparative literature to medieval Islam and world cinema.

His most recent books include The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism  (2012), The World of Persian Literary Humanism (2012), and Being a Muslim in the World  (2013).

Professor Dabashi joined Empire as part of a panel to discuss Syria and whether the US is a 'reluctant' empire.

 

 

 

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