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Hamid Dabashi


Professor Dabashi has written over 100 essays, articles and book reviews in major scholarly and peer reviewed journals on subjects ranging from Iranian Studies, Shi’ism, Medieval and Modern Islamic Intellectual History, Comparative Literature, World Cinema, Trans- aesthetics, Trans-national Art, Philosophy, Mysticism, Theology, Post- colonial Theory and Cultural Studies.

Selected Articles

Islamic and Iranian Studies

(2000) “The End of Islamic Ideology,”
Social Research. Volume 67, Number 2, Summer 2000. pp. 475-518.

(2000) “In the Absence of the Face,”
Social Research, Volume 67, Number 1. Spring 2000. pp. 127-185.

(1993) “Historical Conditions of Persian Sufism during the Seljuk Period.”
In Leonard Lewisohn (ed.), Classical Persian Sufism: From Its Origins to Rumi. London and New York, Khaniqahi Nimatallahi Publishers.

(1989) “By What Authority? — “The Formation of Khomeini’s Revolutionary Discourse, 1964-1977.”
Social Compass, vol. 36, no. 4, December 1989.

(1989) “Modern Shi’i Thought”.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modem Islamic World.

(1986) “Symbiosis of Religious and Political Authorities in Islam.”
In Thomas Robbins and Roland Robertson (eds.), Church-State Relations: Tensions and Transitions. New Brunswick, NJ, and London, Transaction Books.

(1986) “The Sufi Doctrine of ‘The Perfect Man’ and a View of the Hierarchical Structure of the Islamic Culture.”
Islamic Quarterly, vol. 30, no. 2, Second Quarter, 1986.

Islamic Philosophy

(1996) “The Philosopher/Vizier: Khwajah Nasir al-Din al-Tusi and His Isma’ili Connection.”
In Farhad Daftari (ed.), Studies in Isma’ili History and Doctrines. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

(1994) “Khwajah Nasir al-Din al-Tusi: The Philosopher/Vizier.”
In Oliver Leaman (ed.), A History of Islamic Philosophy. London, Routledge.

(1994) “Mir Damad and the School of Isfahan.”
In Oliver Leaman (ed.), A History of Islamic Philosophy. London, Routledge.

(1994) “Ayn al-Qudat: That Individual.”
In Oliver Leaman (ed.), A History of Islamic Philosophy. London, Routledge.

(1990) “Danish-namah-yi Aia’i.”
Encyclopedia Iranica. (1990) “Mir Damad.”
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Visual, Performing Arts and Aesthetics

World Cinema
(2010) “Time to Speak Out”
Sight and Sound, 20.5, May 2010. P. 12.

(2010) “Paradise Delayed: With Hany Abu-Assad in Palestine”
Third Text, 24.1, January 2010, p. 11-23.

(2009)”Social Networking and the Making of a Civil Rights Movement”
Social Text,November 2009.

Postcolonial Theory
(2008) “The American Empire: Triumph of Triumphalism”
Unbound: Harvard Journal of the Legal Left, Vol. 4

(2008) “Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes: Who Watches the Watchers?”
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 1.1, June 2008, p. 24-29

(2007) “Bahman Jalali and the Making of Iranian Aesthetic Modernity”
Catalantranslation: “L??nima d?una m?quina sense ?nima: Reflexions sobre la fotografia de Bahman Jalali”

Fundaci? Antoni T?pies, Barcelona, Spain.

(Forthcoming) “By the Dawn: And Ten Nights, On Shirin Neshat’s ‘Tooba.'”
Paris, CNRS. In English and French.

(2005) “Warriors of Faith”
Sight and Sound, 15.5, May 2005, p. 24, 26-27.

(2005) “Artists without Borders: On Contemporary Iranian Art”
in Octavio Zaya (Ed), Contemporary Iranian Artists: Since the Revolution (San Sebastian, Spain: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005). In English, Spanish, and Catalan.

(2005) “Shirin Neshat: Transcending the Boundaries of an Imaginative Geography”
in Octavio Zaya (Ed), The Last Word. San Sebastian, Spain, Museum of Modern Art. In English and Spanish.

(2005) “Women without Headaches: On Shirin Neshat’s ‘Women without Men.'”
Berlin, Germany, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum f?r Gegenwart. In English and German.

(2005) “Ta’ziyeh: Theater of Protest,”
in The Drama Review (TDR).

(2002) “Bordercrossings: Shirin Neshat’s Body of Evidence,”
Catalogue of Castello di Rivoli Retrospective on Shirin Neshat. Turin, Italy. January 2002.

World Cinema

(2003) “It was in China, Late One Moonless Night. (Part V: Representations of Privacy in Literature and Film),”
in Social Research. Fall 2003.

(2002) “Dead Certainties: Makhmalbaf’s Early Cinema,”
in Richard Tapper (Eds), Studies in Iranian Cinema. London, I.B. Tauris.

(1999) “Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Moment of Innocence,”
in Rose Issa and Sheila Whitaker (Eds), Life and Art: The New Iranian Cinema. London, The British Film Institute, 1999. pp. 115-128.

Persian and Comparative Literature

(2003) “Nima Yushij and Constitution of a National subject,”
Oriente Moderno, Volume xxii (lxxxiii), 2003.

(1994) “Of Poetics, Politics and Ethics: The Legacy of Parvin E’tesami.”
In Heshmat Moayyad (ed.), Once a Dewdrop Accosted a Rose: Essays on the Poetry of Parvin E’tesami. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers.

(1988) “Forough Farrokhzad and the Formative Forces of Iranian Culture.”
In Michael C. Hillmann (ed.), Forough Farrokhzad: A Quarter Century Later. Literature East and West.

(1985) “The Poetics of the Politics: Commitment in Modern Persian Literature.”
Iranian Studies, Special Issue, The Sociology of the Iranian Writer, ed. by Michael C. Hillmann, vol. 18, nos. 2-4, Spring-Autumn, 1985.

“Persian Literature”
for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World.

Postcolonial Theory

(2009) “The Discrete Charm of European Intellectuals.”
International Journal of Ži?ek Studies, Ži?ek in Tehran, Vol 3, No 4.

(2001) “For the Last Time: Civilizations.”
International Sociology. September 2001. Volume 16 (3): 361-368.

(2001) No soy subalternista, [I am not a Subalternist]
in Ileana Rodriguez (Ed), Convergencia de Tiempos: Estudios subalternos / contextos latinoamericanos estado, cultura, subalternidad. Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi b.v. 2001. pp. 49-59.


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Columbia University
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Columbia University
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Columbia University
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Columbia University
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Columbia University
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Columbia University
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University of London
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University of London
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Columbia University
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