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).

Arts & Culture

The Salman Rushdie affair: Thirty years and a novelist later

The novel Satanic Verses was assassinated on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1989.

The Salman Rushdie affair: Thirty years and a novelist later

Iran

The last total revolution turns 40

The Iranian revolution was the last grand illusion of the 20th century.

The last total revolution turns 40

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

The incurable parochialism of American intellectuals

On American provincialism and Michelle Alexander's misguided attempt to 'break the silence on Palestine' in a NYT essay.

The incurable parochialism of American intellectuals

Saudi Arabia

Why Saudi Arabia hates Muslim women in the US Congress

It is no surprise the Saudi propaganda machine has come after US House Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Why Saudi Arabia hates Muslim women in the US Congress

United States

A crusader in Cairo: Pompeo's pompous imperialism has no clothes

The speech Trump's secretary of state gave in Cairo put the thuggish truth of American imperialism on full display.

A crusader in Cairo: Pompeo's pompous imperialism has no clothes

United States

More 'modest proposals' to resolve Donald Trump's border problem

There are a number of options Mr Trump has to deal with the crowd of children at his southern border.

More 'modest proposals' to resolve Donald Trump's border problem

United States

'Impeach the motherf*****': Can the subaltern curse?

Why is it that a curse word uttered by Representative Rashida Tlaib caused so much outrage in the US?

'Impeach the motherf*****': Can the subaltern curse?

Humanitarian crises

2018: A year of living dangerously

A multitude of man-made disasters marked 2018 on the Christian calendar.

2018: A year of living dangerously

Christianity

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

Jesus Christ stands as a towering figure of unity in the face of the divisions and hate being sown among us.

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

Islam

Muslim cleansing: A global pandemic?

Muslims across the world persecuted, abused and murdered by Muslim and non-Muslim regimes.

Muslim cleansing: A global pandemic?

Jamal Khashoggi

How do you scream in Arabic?

Why did Trump, Bolton and Mattis refuse to listen to the tape of Jamal Khashoggi's murder? Because of Arabic?

How do you scream in Arabic?

Canada

The discreet sham of Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau is just as bad for humanity as Donald Trump is.

The discreet sham of Justin Trudeau