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).

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus and the prospect of mass involuntary euthanasia

The idea that elderly bodies are expendable amid the pandemic has a dark history.

Coronavirus and the prospect of mass involuntary euthanasia

Coronavirus pandemic

One day and one dream in the life of a self-isolating New Yorker

Will this be year zero of a new world or yet another year of us inching towards the edge?

One day and one dream in the life of a self-isolating New Yorker

Coronavirus pandemic

From Sa'di to Boccaccio: The literary legacy of pandemics

Literature can help us survive this pandemic with a healthy constellation of our mental, moral, and critical faculties.

From Sa'di to Boccaccio: The literary legacy of pandemics

United States

Upending Trump, Whitney Museum rewrites American history

A new exhibition changes the term 'American' in the phrase 'American art', to which Whitney is institutionally devoted.

Upending Trump, Whitney Museum rewrites American history

Racism

The world in grips of an epidemic more dangerous than coronavirus

We must prevent the spread of the epidemic of racist fear-mongering occasioned by the coronavirus outbreak.

The world in grips of an epidemic more dangerous than coronavirus

Trump Impeachment

Show trials: From Stalin's Moscow Trials to Trump's impeachment

Trump's impeachment trial will go down in history next to other travesties of justice.

Show trials: From Stalin's Moscow Trials to Trump's impeachment

Middle East

The end of the nation-state

The brutal naked violence states increasingly unleash on their nations signals their irreversible loss of legitimacy.

The end of the nation-state

Middle East

Decolonising Jesus Christ

The figure of Jesus Christ goes way beyond the image of him which hegemonic European Christianity imposed on the world.

Decolonising Jesus Christ

United Kingdom

The Crown, the Queen and their colonies

On the popular Netflix series about the life and times of Elizabeth II and the discreet charm of the British monarchy.

The Crown, the Queen and their colonies

Social media

Sacha Baron Cohen's criticism of Facebook is his funniest joke

Yes, there is hate speech on social media, but is that all there is to it?

Sacha Baron Cohen's criticism of Facebook is his funniest joke

Middle East

Are the Arab revolutions back?

This latest wave of protests in the Middle East shows the revolutionary momentum of 2011 never died out.

Are the Arab revolutions back?

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?