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).

Islamophobia

Is 'love and desire in Iran' a threat to US national security?

What is really behind the US Department of Education's fury over a Middle East studies programme?

Is 'love and desire in Iran' a threat to US national security?

Kashmir

Hong Kong, Kashmir, Palestine: Ruins of British empire on fire

The people of Hong Kong, Kashmir and Palestine have long histories of resistance to oppression.

Hong Kong, Kashmir, Palestine: Ruins of British empire on fire

Islam

Who is a 'Muslim American?'

I am a Muslim. I am also a US citizen. Am I a 'Muslim American?'

Who is a 'Muslim American?'

Racism

A day at the racist museum

How should we deal with the irredeemably racist monuments to white supremacy that crowd our cities?

A day at the racist museum

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