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).

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

Middle East

The making of a nuclear MBS

Trump's endeavour to nuclearise Saudi Arabia is driven by family business interests and tacitly approved by Israel.

The making of a nuclear MBS

United States

Blackface, white mask: Racism as psychosis

What the blackface scandals in the US tell us about the state of white supremacy.

Blackface, white mask: Racism as psychosis

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