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).

Middle East

Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

The Judeo-Islamic tradition has deep historical roots that Zionism and Islamism have tried to erase.

Yom Kippur and Ashoura: Are Muslims observing a Jewish holiday?

United States

Truth is not truth. Rudy Giuliani is a rhinoceros.

If truth is not truth, as Trump's legal consigliere Giuliani says, then it inevitably follows that he is a rhinoceros.

Truth is not truth. Rudy Giuliani is a rhinoceros.

Arts & Culture

BlacKkKlansman: The liberal blind-spots of a visionary filmmaker

In his latest film, Spike Lee seems to be suffering from myopic provincialism.

BlacKkKlansman: The liberal blind-spots of a visionary filmmaker

US & Canada

John McCain: The impossible man

John McCain's legacy reflects the internal contradictions of the US imperial experience.

John McCain: The impossible man

Iran

Bidding farewell to both Aretha Franklin and Ezzatolah Entezami

The US and Iran have just lost two towering icons of their respective art and culture in span of one day.

Bidding farewell to both Aretha Franklin and Ezzatolah Entezami

Literature

VS Naipaul: Colonialism in fact, fiction, and the flesh

Naipaul personified what European colonialism, racist to the very core of its logic, had done to his and to our world.

VS Naipaul: Colonialism in fact, fiction, and the flesh

Islam

On Richard Dawkins, church bells and the adhan

The sounds of the adhan and the church bell are both beautiful - but one drives the Islamophobes berserk.

On Richard Dawkins, church bells and the adhan

Middle East

The mayhem in Yemen and the crisis of meaning in the Arab World

Are Yemenis Arabs? And why are other Arabs bombing them?

The mayhem in Yemen and the crisis of meaning in the Arab World

Child rights

The invasion of the baby snatchers

The history of breaking up families in America started not with Trump but the so-called 'discovery' of the new world.

The invasion of the baby snatchers

World Cup 2018

The beautiful game is back: Nations reclaim their names

On colonialism, the nation-state and the World Cup.

The beautiful game is back: Nations reclaim their names

United States

Fifty years and a Trump later: The promise of America 1968 - 2018

What was the promise of America in the bygone days of MLK and Robert Kennedy, and what is its promise today?

Fifty years and a Trump later: The promise of America 1968 - 2018

Iran

The idea of regime change in Iran is delusional

Iranians know too well their history to allow a US-Saudi-Israeli alliance to change the Iranian regime.

The idea of regime change in Iran is delusional