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).

US & Canada

Redefining 'terrorism' in America

What will it take to call violence inspired by white supremacy 'terrorism'?

Redefining 'terrorism' in America

Iran

Iran has two nuclear options

The Islamic republic can go either the Israeli way or the Egyptian way.

Iran has two nuclear options

US-Mexico border

Will migrant children in the US watch Toy Story?

Dehumanising children is the new normal in Trump's America.

Will migrant children in the US watch Toy Story?

Arts & Culture

Performing Puccini in Persian: Can Europeans sing right to left?

What two operas - Turandot and Turan Dokht - tell us about Europe today.

Performing Puccini in Persian: Can Europeans sing right to left?

Iran

The US: The bully who cried wolf

A habitual liar cannot be believed even when telling the truth.

The US: The bully who cried wolf

Al Nakba

The Holocaust and the Nakba: The Jew as the Arab

Can Jews and Palestinians see each others' pain?

The Holocaust and the Nakba: The Jew as the Arab

United States

'The Ugly Americans': From Kermit Roosevelt to John Bolton

An 'Ugly American' is once again leading the resurgence of American imperialism.

'The Ugly Americans': From Kermit Roosevelt to John Bolton

Arts & Culture

An Iranian building bridges in wall-obsessed America

It is a cliche to see Siah Armajani's art and bridge-building as a reflection of permanent exile.

An Iranian building bridges in wall-obsessed America

Islamophobia

The resurrection of 'new atheism'

As white supremacy reigns supreme in the US, a new book seeks to bring back to the fore one of its ideological branches.

The resurrection of 'new atheism'

Middle East

Is Trump a King Cyrus or a Queen Esther?

And is he really a saviour of the Jewish people from the Iranian 'menace'?

Is Trump a King Cyrus or a Queen Esther?

Islamophobia

When it comes to Islamophobia, we need to name names

The world should know the name of the Christchurch terrorist and the names of those who inspired anti-Muslim terror.

When it comes to Islamophobia, we need to name names

Islamophobia

Why Muslims must be at the forefront of fighting anti-Semitism

Jews and Muslims are almost identical victims of European racist hatred.

Why Muslims must be at the forefront of fighting anti-Semitism