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).

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Palestine after the May 14 massacre

History will remember the Great March of Return as a bold and brilliant move that defeated Israeli aggression.

Palestine after the May 14 massacre

History

Rosa Luxemburg: The unsung hero of postcolonial theory

Luxemburg's work gave the postcolonial theorist a veritable voice at the global gathering of critical Marxist thinking.

Rosa Luxemburg: The unsung hero of postcolonial theory

Arts & Culture

Edward Said's Orientalism: Forty years later

Forty years after the publication of Edward Said's seminal work, Orientalism lives on in other shapes and forms.

Edward Said's Orientalism: Forty years later

Syrian Refugees

Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

What should we make of Ai Weiwei's 'Laundromat' installation?

Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

United States

Thank you, Mr Zuckerberg!

Thanks to your data-collecting and data-selling Facebook machine, I'm a happy man.

Thank you, Mr Zuckerberg!

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

'Western media' and mass deception

What does the coverage of the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza tell us about the truth of 'Western media'?

'Western media' and mass deception

United States

John Bolton: The man from the underground

Only by resorting to the realms of film, fiction, and myth we can try to fathom John Bolton's fiendish cruelty.

John Bolton: The man from the underground

Cinema

How did Iranian cinema go global?

The films of Iran's Amir Naderi brings the world to his homeland, while bringing his homeland to worldly recognition.

How did Iranian cinema go global?

United States

Steve Bannon spills the beans

Steve Bannon's out, loud and proud racism is at the very core of the so-called 'Western Civilisation'.

Steve Bannon spills the beans

Politics

How the Zionists won the body but lost the soul of US politics

Despite millions spent on propaganda, the Zionists have failed to frighten the moral conscience of the US into silence.

How the Zionists won the body but lost the soul of US politics

Cinema

Watching Black Panther in Harlem

Black Panther is a deeply satisfying, and a deeply troubling film, for what it delivers and what it does not.

Watching Black Panther in Harlem

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