Hamid Dabashi

Current Affairs

Professor Dabashi is a current affairs essayist, analyst, and commentator in major international print and broadcast media. He is regularly featured on CNN, BBC, CBC, Aljazeera, and other global, national, and local venues. His essays have regularly appeared in al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt, Bir Gun in Turkey, and CNN in the United States. He currently writes a regular column for Aljazeera.

Photo Gallery

2012-Present

“Hamid Dabashi on Al Jazeera”

“Hamid Dabashi’s Speech at Lannan Foundation” (Santa Fe, December 2012)

“State, Culture and Human Imagination,” Conversation between Hamid Dabashi and Ashis Nandy, (Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, India, 7 August 2012)

 

+ 2012

 

+ 2011

“Letters to a Dictator”
Al Jazeera
December 29, 2011“Art as the Politics of the Impossible”
Al Jazeera
December 26, 2011“Imagining the Arab Spring: A Year Later”
Al Jazeera
December 6, 2011“Fifth Column of the Postmodern Kind”
Al Jazeera
November 21, 2011“Slavoj Zizek and Harum Scarum”
Al Jazeera
November 11, 2011“Bury Gaddafi With Dignity”
Al Jazeera
October 22, 2011“Legal Questions Follow Iran’s Bizarre Plot”
Al Jazeera
October 14, 2011

“The Third Intifada Has Already Begun”
Al Jazeera
October 11, 2011

“Repairing the Soul of the Empire City”
Al Jazeera
September 11, 2011

“Zizek and Gaddafi: Living in the Old World”
Al Jazeera
September 1, 2011

“New Texts Out Now: Hamid Dabashi, Brown Skin, White Masks”
Jadaliyya
August 17, 2011

“Norway: Muslims and Metaphors, Part II”
Al Jazeera
August 3, 2011

“Norway: Muslims and Metaphors”
Al Jazeera
July 30, 2011

“Iran’s Khatami: The Sound and the Fury”
Al Jazeera
July 16, 2011

“Netanyahu, Nasrallah and Their Words of Death”
Al Jazeera
June 25, 2011

“Arab Spring Exposes Nasrallah’s Hypocrisy”
Al Jazeera
June 22, 2011

“Haleh Salabi: Our Antigone in Tehran”
Al Jazeera
June 3, 2011

“The Role of the Islamic Republic in Bahrain”
Al Jazeera
May 27, 2011

“The Predicament of the Islamic Republic”
Al Jazeera
May 14, 2011

“Moral Bankruptcy in the Libya War”
Al Jazeera
April 1, 2011

“Iran, the Green Movement and the USA: Hamid Dabashi on the Future of the Iranian Pro-Democracy Movement” (video)
Democracy Now!
February 21, 2011

“Hamid Dabashi: Galvanized by Egypt, Revolution Spreads”
GRITtv with Laura Flanders
February 16, 2011

“How History Will Judge Obama on Egypt”
CNN.com
February 14, 2011

“Revolt Against a Politics of Despair”
CNN.com
January 19, 2011

“Tragic Twilight of a Dynasty”
CNN.com
January 6, 2011

 

+ 2010

2010

Week in Green

Week in Green with Hamid Dabashi

Jafar Panahi’s reward for bringing cinematic glory to Iran? Jail
By Hamid Dabashi
The Guardian
December 14, 2010

Iran’s experiment with Reaganomics?
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
December 23, 2010

WikiLeaks and Iran – Hamid Dabashi and Robert Naiman
The Real News Network
December 10, 2010

WikiLeaks reveals the crass language of diplomacy
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
December 3, 2010

Hamid Dabashi: Iran, The Green Movement, and the USA
GRITtv with Laura Flanders
November 24, 2010

Interview with Hamid Dabashi: “Islam Is an Abstraction”
Deutsche Welle (qantara.de)
September 9, 2010

After Words: Hooman Majd, “The Ayatollah’s Democracy,” hosted by Hamid Dabashi
C-Span
September 12, 2010

I worry about a US/Israeli military strike on Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
Facebook
June 25, 2010

One year later, Iran protesters fight on
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
June 11, 2010

Trotsky, neoliberalism and other anomalies
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
27 May – 2 June, 2010

Despite Tightening Up Of Society, Iranian Art Sees A Boom
Radio Free Europe
May 25, 2010

One Iranian Prisoner Released: But Many Thousands to Go
Huffington Post
May 25, 2010

Obama, please phone the Muslim ‘street vendor hero’ too
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
May 11, 2010

Iranian Art: A Conversation With Hamid Dabashi
Radio Free Europe
May 21, 2010

Leading Iranian Dissidents Voice Support For Jailed Film Director
Huffington Post
April 15, 2010

Examining the Reasons Behind the Recent Violence in Iraq
The Takeaway
April 5, 2010

Q&A: The future of recent Iranian government protests
Collegiate Times
March 29, 2010

Prof temporarily released from Iranian prison
Columbia Spectator
March 22, 2010

Critics call for release of Iranian filmmakers
The Globe and Mail
March 15, 2010

The Week in Green Hosts Benefit Concert with Shahin Najafi
weekingreen.org
March 8, 2010

Open Letter to the International Society for Iranian Studies
US ACBI Campaign
February 24, 2010

The Crisis of an Islamic Republic (Audio)
Lecture at University of Pennsylvania
February 18, 2010

Protesters call for change in Iran
NYUNews.com
February 11, 2010

Freedom unfulfilled for Iranians
New Statsman
February 11, 2010

Repressed voices speak out in Iran
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
February 10, 2010

The Week in Green on BBC World Service – Listen to Jon Leyne
BBC World Service
February 10, 2010

Arrests by Iran Are a Bid to Quell Wide Protests
The New York Times
February 9, 2010

Why Iran unrest is not revolution re-run
CNN.com
February 9, 2010

Two American writers’ gifts to the world: Salinger and Zinn
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
January 30, 2010

White moderates and greens
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram
January 21 – 27, 2010

Boycotting Israel, The Goldstone Report, and Bloody Lowndes
GRITtv with Laura Flanders
January 18, 2010

Faculty seek Hillary Clinton’s support in prisoner’s release
Columbia Spectator
January 12, 2010

Iran’s pro-government rallies fool nobody
By Hamid Dabashi
CNN.com
January 7, 2010

Is Another Revolution Coming In Iran?
GRITtv with Laura Flanders
January 5, 2010

Defying Censors and Threats, Iranian Filmmakers
New York Times
January 4, 2010

Iran’s Younger, Smarter Revolution
By Hamid Dabashi
The Daily Beast
January 2, 2010

Film critics choose their favourite releases of 2009
Sight & Sound | The International Film Magazine
January 2010

 

+ 2009

A Lone Cleric Is Loudly Defying Iran?s Leaders
listen New York Times
October, 22 2009

Statement by Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Signatory: Hamid Dabashi
Take Away The Nation
October 22, 2009

Fatal Bombing in Iran
Guest: Hamid Dabashi
Take Away thetakeaway.org
October 19, 2009

Commentary: Why Obama deserves the prize
By Hamid Dabashi
cnn CNN.com
October 9, 2009

Commentary: Katie Couric’s Sarah Palin moment?
By Hamid Dabashi
cnn CNN.com
October 1, 2009

Commentary: When Baha’is are free, then all Iranians will be
By Hamid Dabashi
cnn CNN.com
September 16, 2009

The crisis of an Islamic Republic
By Hamid Dabashi
Al-Ahram

Iran’s Presidential Election Shifts Its National Politics
npr NPR
August 27 2009

Commentary: Iran confronts rape, torture allegations
By Hamid Dabashi
cnn CNN.com
22nd August 2009

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

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

Under Pressure from Hawks, Obama Tacks to the Right
IPS
August 12 2009

Iran: Beware Neocons Bearing Boycotts
Informed Comment
August 6th 2009

Oh, The Appeasement!
The American Conservative
August 5th 2009

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

Inauguration Expected To Spark More Unrest In Iran
npr NPR
August 3rd 2009

Speech at the United4Iran Global Day of Action
July 25 2009

Global Day of Action around the world
CNN, July 25 2009

On the Green Movement in Iran
July 24 2009

Political Discontent, Divisions Deepen In Iran
npr NPR
July 22nd 2009

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

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

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

Dabashi v. Bishara: how Arabs and Iranians misread each other’s politics
Ibishblog
July 9th 2009

Iran in the crucible
Al-Ahram
July 9-15th 2009

Popular Tehran Bureau site covers Iran
Associated Press
July 7th 2009

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

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

B?rgerrechte statt Klassenkampf
Tachles, July 3rd 2009

Opposition movement in Iran not over, experts say
cnn CNN.com
July 1st 2009

Crisis in Iran: What’s Next? Part 1 Part 2
Nightline, ABC News
July 1st 2009

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

Iranian Green Movement and US Left’s skepticism
KBOO.fm
June 30th 2009

Unveiling the revolution
Salon.com
June 27, 2009

People Power
listen Al-Ahram
25th June – 1st July 2009

Green Shoots of an Islamic Restoration
Break for News
June 25th 2009

Khamenei enfrenta crise de credibilidade
Estad?o
June 24th 2009

This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement
Democracy Now
June 24, 2009

Najwspanialsza z twarzy Iranu
Polskie Radio
June 24th 2009

Empire – Iran: Influence or Threat Part 1 Part 2
Al-Jazeera English
June 24th 2009

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

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

Expert: Protesters want civil rights, not revolution
cnn CNN.com
June 21st 2009

Il movimento non si esauri?, ma l’Occidente deve aiutarlo
Il Messaggero
June 20th 2009

Protesters’ tactics
cnn CNN.com
June 20th 2009

Panel discussion: Dabashi, Kadivar, Haghighatjou Part 1 Part 2
Columbia University
June 20th 2009

Supreme Leader’s speech
Canada AM
June 19th 2009

UK protests over Iran’s ‘evil’ jibe
Al-Jazeera English
June 19th 2009

Khamenei’s speech ‘a threat’
Al-Jazeera English
June 19th 2009

On the Iranian election and its aftermath
Left Business Observer Radio
June 18th 2009

Iran’s democratic upsurge
listen Al-Ahram
18-24 June 2009

The Real Mir Hossein Mousavi
“The Takeaway”, WNYC and PRI, June 18th 2009

Iran’s conservative leadership divided amid unrest
cnn CNN.com
June 18th 2009

Iranian-Americans say history is at hand
cnn CNN.com
June 17th 2009

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

More protests in Iran
ABC Radio
June 15th 2009

Elections In Iran: A ‘Charade’ Or A Sign Of Change To Come?
GRITtv with Laura Flanders
June 15th 2009

Iranian elections – the Day After
KBOO.fm
June 13th 2009

Diary of a Defiance – Iran un-Interrupted
June 13th 2009

Iranian presidential election
ABC Radio
June 12th 2009

Iranian-Americans cast ballots on Iran’s future
cnn CNN.com
June 11th 2009

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

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

On Majidi’s Song of Sparrows
listen NPR Radio
April 2009

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

Engaging Iran, Rethinking Border Security, and Blindsight
listen GRITtv
March 2009

Obama’s Iran policy
listen NPR Radio
February 2009

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

 

+ 2008

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

Obama’s Palestinian problem
listen Al-Ahram Weekly
July 2008

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

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

The American Empire: Triumph of Triumphalism
book Unbound: The Harvard Journal of the Legal Left
April 2008

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

The limit of Obama’s imagination
listen Al-Ahram Weekly
February 2008

 

+ 2007

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

Of banality and burden
listen Al-Ahram Weekly
October 2007

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

The ‘300’ Stroke
listen Al-Ahram Weekly
August 2007

Hollywood Film “300” Sparks Iranian Anger
listen BBC World News
May 2007

On Iran: A People Interrupted — interview by Goudarz Eghtedari
listen Voices of the Middle East KBOO 90.7 FM
March 2007

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

Iran: A Second Look — interview by Aniruddha Das
listen Asia Pacific Forum WBAI 99.5 FM
February 2007

Thinking beyond the US invasion of Iran
listen Al-Ahram Weekly
February 2007

On the U.S. and Iran-Iraq relations
listen WHYY, Philadelphia
January 2007

 

+ 2006

Persian Translation in Ham-Mihan

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

How Do we Sleep while Beirut is Burning
By Hamid Dabashi
listen 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
listen Al-Ahram
1 – 7 June 2006

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

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

Interviews

Lolita and Beyond, interview by Foaad Khosmood, Znet.

On the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, “Round Table With You,” Voice of America (Persian).

On US-Iran relations, Mehr News Agency (Persian).

Mosque Bombing Begets More Violence, WBRU and NPR.

American Zeitgeist, by Rob McGann, Avenue E Productions.

 

+ 2005

Interviews

Shocking and Awful: A Grassroots Response to War and Occupation, by Amy Goodman, Democracy Now.

This is Not a Documentary, by Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today.

 

+ 2004

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

Interviews

Academy’s Approach to Foreign Films, by David D’Arcy, NPR.

Al-Sistani Ups the Ante, by Dick Gordon, WBRU and NPR.

On Susan Sontag, by Behnam Nateghi, Radio Farda (Persian)

 

+ 2003

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

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

Interviews

Q&A Asia Source Interview, Asia Society

The Shiites of Iraq: An Ancient Minority’s Modern Challenge, by Dick Gordon, NPR Radio.

Religion and Politics, by Gwen Ifill, PBS News.

Growing Danger, by Gwen Ifill, PBS News.

The New Iraq, by Ray Suarez, PBS News.

The Future of Iraq, by Fran Kelly, ABC Radio National, Australia.

The Shiites of Iraq: An Ancient Minority’s Modern Challenge, by Dick Gordon, WBRU and NPR.

Mosque Bombing, interview by Gwen Ifill, PBS News.

 

+ 2002

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

Interviews

They hope to make it powerless, by Tanya Schevitz, San Fransisco Chronicle.

Interview by Nigel Parry, The Electronic Intifada.

 

+ 2001

Interviews

The kids are all right (in moderation), by Roger Clarke, The Independent.

Interpreting Islam: War and peace, by Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times.

What is Religion For?, by Robert Rabinowitz, Jewish Public Forum.

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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
"You are with a humanist who deeply loves his country, and invites you to feel very much at home." Susan Buck-Morss
Cornell University
"Superb authority... Dabashi provides a tour de force on Iranian art, politics and culture." Shirin Neshat "Great erudition and imagination... bringing out rich aspects of Iranian culture that are little known or not recognized." Vanessa Martin, Royal Holloway
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
"Magisterial." Houchang Chehabi
Boston University
"An important man in New York." Sir Ridley Scott "Much-needed in our troubled times." Gayatri Spivak
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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