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).

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

Europe

Alas, poor Bernard Lewis, a fellow of infinite jest

On Bernard Lewis and 'his extraordinary capacity for getting everything wrong'.

Alas, poor Bernard Lewis, a fellow of infinite jest

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Palestine after the May 14 massacre

History will remember the Great March of Return as a bold and brilliant move that defeated Israeli aggression.

Palestine after the May 14 massacre

History

Rosa Luxemburg: The unsung hero of postcolonial theory

Luxemburg's work gave the postcolonial theorist a veritable voice at the global gathering of critical Marxist thinking.

Rosa Luxemburg: The unsung hero of postcolonial theory

Arts & Culture

Edward Said's Orientalism: Forty years later

Forty years after the publication of Edward Said's seminal work, Orientalism lives on in other shapes and forms.

Edward Said's Orientalism: Forty years later

Syrian Refugees

Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

What should we make of Ai Weiwei's 'Laundromat' installation?

Between Ai Weiwei and Bashar al-Assad, we wonder

United States

Thank you, Mr Zuckerberg!

Thanks to your data-collecting and data-selling Facebook machine, I'm a happy man.

Thank you, Mr Zuckerberg!

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

'Western media' and mass deception

What does the coverage of the atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza tell us about the truth of 'Western media'?

'Western media' and mass deception

United States

John Bolton: The man from the underground

Only by resorting to the realms of film, fiction, and myth we can try to fathom John Bolton's fiendish cruelty.

John Bolton: The man from the underground