Hamid Dabashi

Selected Newspaper Essays

A tale of two cities
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
20-26 August 2009

Iran is self-destructing
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
13-19 August 2009

Commentary: Huge risks in Iran sanctions
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
5th August 2009

Commentary: Middle East is changed forever
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
20th July 2009

Left is wrong on Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
16-22 July 2009

An Epistemic Shift in Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
The Brooklyn Rail
July-August 2009

The Arab Roaming the Streets of Tehran
By Hamid Dabashi
TehranBureau
7th July 2009

Looking in the wrong places
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
2-8 July 2009

Commentary: U.S. dollars could kill Iran’s protest movement
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
30th June 2009

People Power
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
25th June – 1st July 2009

Looking for Their Martin Luther King Jr.
By Hamid Dabashi
New York Times
24th June 2009

Commentary: Iran conflict isn’t class warfare
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
22nd June 2009

Commentary: Rigged or not, vote fractures Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
17th June 2009

Iran’s democratic upsurge
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
18-24 June 2009

On Obama’s June 4th Cairo Speech, “A New Beginning”
By Hamid Dabashi
Harvard Press Authors on Current Events
June 2009

Obama reneges on change
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
4-11 May 2009

Sal-e No Mobarak!
By Golbarg Bashi and Hamid Dabashi
TehranAvenue
March 2009

The Moral and Military Meltdown of Israel
By Hamid Dabashi
The Palestine Chronicle
12 January 2009

‘I, Barack Hussein Obama…’
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
13 – 19 November 2008

Obama’s Palestinian problem
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
26 June – 2 July 2008

A case of split infinitives
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
8 – 14 May 2008

The limit of Obama’s imagination
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
21 – 27 February 2008

Of Banality and Burden
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
11 – 17 October 2007

The ‘300’ Stroke
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
2 – 8 August 2007

Thinking beyond the US invasion of Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
8 – 14 February 2007

Persian Translation in Ham-Mihan

Lessons from Lebanon: Rethinking National Liberation Movements
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
7 – 13 September 2006

How Do we Sleep while Beirut is Burning
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
3 – 9 August 2006
Longer version available in Electronic Intifada: Part One and Part Two.

Native informers and the making of the American empire
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
1 – 7 June 2006

Iran: Let the Democratic Process Work
By Hamid Dabashi
Asia Times
28 April 2006

Islam and Globanalisation
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
23 – 29 March 2006
Polish Translation and Danish Translation in Weekendavisen

For a Fistful of Dust: A Passage to Palestine
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
23 – 29 September 2004

The Moment of Myth: Edward Said (1935-2003)
By Hamid Dabashi
Asia Society
September 2003
Persian Translation

Forget reds under the bed, there’s Arabs in the attic
By Hamid Dabashi
Times Higher Education Supplement
17 October 2003

In Defence of Hashem Aghajari
By Hamid Dabashi and Arien Mack
The New York Review of Books
19 December 2002

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Ithaca College, NY
"Hamid Dabashi lovingly writes about the history of Iran that teaches us how to understand a people overshadowed by the grand narratives of political (mis)representation." Gayatri Spivak
Columbia University
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Cornell University
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University of London
"Hamid Dabashi, is one of the most significant intellectual voices outside of Iran since the Islamic revolution." Shirin Neshat "A leading light in Iranian studies." The Chronicle of Higher Education "Cuts through the myths, past and present, that Americans have been told about Iran... presenting Iran's history through the lens of its literary cosmopolitanism." Susan Buck-Morss
Cornell University
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Boston University
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Columbia University
"Exemplary of a new Leftist discourse that is undogmatic and non-sectarian... open and intimate." Susan Buck-Morss
Cornell University
"Hamid Dabashi beautifully lays out the alluring dynamic between Iranian art and politics." Shirin Neshat "A rare cultural critic." Mohsen Makhmalbaf "Dabashi's passion and extraordinary vision, gives us the knowledge and commitment to stand against war and build the possibilities for peace and global justice." Zillah Eisenstein
Ithaca College, NY
"Hamid Dabashi's piercing revelations have been as instrumental in fashioning my own films as have Scorsese, Rossellini and Bresson." Ramin Bahrani "Superb and brilliant." Bruce Lawrence
Duke University
"Fresh, provocative and iconoclastic." Ian Richard Netton
University of Leeds, UK
"Learned... sparkles with verve and a sometimes punishing wit. Hamid Dabashi is the perfect guide." Edward W. Said "There are few better places to begin than with Dabashi's subtle and vividly presented wealth on Iran." Said Amir Arjomand
SUNY, New York
"Objective and empathetic... unlike many others on contemporary Iran." Ervand Abrahamian
Baruch College, New York
"Enthusiastic... clear and accurate... impressive." Oliver Leaman
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
"Original, creative and insightful." John L. Esposito
Georgetown University
"Extraordinary." Daniel Brumberg
Georgetown University
"Dabashi has an astonishing ability to range over some of the most complex issues of modern intellectual life." Sudipta Kaviraj
Columbia University
"If anyone can lay claim to Nima Yushij's statement that this world is his home, it is Hamid Dabashi. I want a very broad readership to know the quality of his writing and thinking, of his immense epistemic and historical scholarship." Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Columbia University
"Dabashi is learned, poetic, ranging from philosophy to film, every word written with a commitment to the possibility of a just world. I have worked with him in the past and will work with him again in the future." Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Columbia University
"Hamid Dabashi is one of the foremost exponent today of postcolonial critical theory, whose work deserves to be called post-colonial with all the multivalence of this description." Sudipta Kaviraj
Columbia University
"Hamid Dabashi's writings on Iranian culture and politics brilliantly re-imagine the rich heritage of a shared past and a conflicted present. His reflections on revolution and nationhood, poetry and cinema, philosophy and the sacred, are urgent, provocative, complex, and highly original." Timothy Mitchell
Columbia University
"Equally fluent in philosophical reasoning, literary interpretation, visual hermeneutics and writing with a rare combination of penetration and lyricism, Dabashi's work continues values of both modern critical theory and the highly sophisticated and subtle intellectual traditions of Iranian... reflection -- for both of which he is an wonderfully sympathetic reader." Sudipta Kaviraj
Columbia University
"Hamid Dabashi belongs to a marvelous tradition of poetic thinkers, whose deep insights are crafted in magnificent poetic prose." Gilbert Achcar
University of London
"Dabashi provides his readers with the wine of literary pleasure along with rich food for thought." Gilbert Achcar
University of London
"In Dabashi's work, post-coloniality does not mean a denial or denunciation of the modern European tradition of philosophy and social theory, but their effortless absorption into a larger, more complex reflection." Sudipta Kaviraj
Columbia University
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