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Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi (persisch ‏حمید دباشی‎, DMG Ḥamīd Dabāšī; * 15. Juni 1951) ist ein iranisch-amerikanischer Historiker, Kulturphilosoph und Literaturwissenschaftler. Dabashi ist Inhaber des traditionsreichen Hagop-Kevorkian-Lehrstuhls für Iranische Studien und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaften an der Columbia University in New York.[1]

Dabashi veröffentlichte zahlreiche Bücher[2], darunter Authority in Islam; Theology of Discontent; Truth and Narrative; Close Up: Iranian Cinema; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran; an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema; und das einbändige Werk über Iranische Geschichte: Iran: A People Interrupted.[3]

In einem Artikel in Al-Ahram Weekly aus dem Jahre 2008 bezeichnete er die USA als „United States of Israel“, Israel als „jüdischen Apartheid-Staat“ bzw. als „bedeutenden Teil der enormen Militärmaschinerie des amerikanischen Imperialismus“ und die amerikanischen Zionisten als „zionistische Bande von Milliardären“.[4] Dabashi ist Mitglied im Beirat der US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).[5]


Islamische und Iranische Wissenschaften

  • 2008 Islamic Liberation Theology; Resisting the Empire. Routledge
  • 2007 Iran: A People Interrupted. New York, New Press. [1]
  • 2005 Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. (Second Edition) with a New Introduction. New York, New York University Press (1993). New Edition, New Brunswick, NJ, Transaction Publishers.[2].
  • 2005 "Ignaz Goldziher and the Question Concerning Orientalism,” as an Introduction to a new Edition of Ignaz Goldziher’s Muslim Studies. New Brunswick, NJ, Transaction Publishers. [3]
  • 2000 “The End of Islamic Ideology,” Social Research. Volume 67, Number 2, Summer 2000. pp. 475–518. [4]
  • 1999 Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran. (With Peter Chelkowski). London, Edward Booth-Clibborn Editions.
  • 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.
  • 1992 Authority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads. Second Edition. New Brunswick, NJ & London, Transaction Books. Winner of the 1990 Association of American Publishers Award in the category of religion and philosophy.
  • 1989 Expectation of the Millennium: Shi’ism in History. With S.H. Nasr and S.V.R. Nasr. New York, State University of New York Press.
  • 1989 "By What Authority? —The Formation of Khomeini's Revolutionary Discourse, 1964-1977." Social Compass, vol. 36, no. 4, December 1989.
  • 1988 Shi’ism: Doctrines, Thought, and Spirituality. With S.H. Nasr, and S.V.R. Nasr. New York, State University of New York Press.
  • 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.
  • 1989 "Modern Shi’i Thought". The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modem Islamic World.

Islamische Philosophie

  • 1999 Truth and Narrative: The Untimely Thoughts of Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadhani. London, Curzon Press.
  • 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.

Grafische und Gegenständliche Kunst, Ästhetik

  • 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 für Gegenwart. In English and German.
  • 2005 “Ta’ziyeh: Theater of Protest,” in The Drama Review (TDR). [5]
  • 2002 “Bordercrossings: Shirin Neshat’s Body of Evidence,” Catalogue of Castello di Rivoli Retrospective on Shirin Neshat. Turin, Italy. January 2002.
  • 2000 “In the Absence of the Face,” Social Research, Volume 67, Number 1. Spring 2000. pp. 127–185. [6]
  • 1993 Parviz Sayyad's Theater of Diaspora. Costa Mesa, CA, Mazda.


  • 2008 Makhmalbaf at Large: The Making of a Rebel Filmmaker. London, I. B. Tauris. [7]
  • 2006 Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema]. Edited, with an Introduction. London and New York, Verso. [8]
  • 2006 Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema. Washington DC, Mage. [9]
  • 2004 Yami Karano Kobo] (The Light Arisen from the Darkness: On Mohsen Makhmalbaf) —in Japanese, Tokyo. [10]
  • 2002 “Dead Certainties: Makhmalbaf’s Early Cinema,” in Richard Tapper (Eds), Studies in Iranian Cinema. London, I.B. Tauris.
  • 2001 Close up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future. London and New York, Verso, 2001. [Translated into Arabic, Japanese, Spanish, and Turkish].
  • 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.

Persische und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft

  • 2007 The Adventures of Amir Hamza. Introduction. Random House Modern Library. [11].
  • 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.
  • Year? "Persian Literature" for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modem Islamic World.

Postkoloniale Theorie

  • 2008 Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire. New York, Routledge. [12]
  • 2001 “For the Last Time: Civilizations,” International Sociology. September 2001. Volume 16 (3): 361-368. [13]
  • 2001 “No soy subalternista,” in Ileana Rodriguez (Ed), Convergencia de Tiempos: Estudios subalternos / contextos latinoamericanos estado, cultura, subalternidad. Atlanta, GA: Editions Rodopi b.v. 2001. pp. 49–59.


  1. Hamid Dabashi official site
  2. Hamid Dabashi's Official Web Site
  3. Iran: A People Interrupted
  4. Obama's Palestinian problem, Al-Ahram Weekly, 26. Juni - 2. Juli 2008
  5. Advisory Board, Website von USACBI, abgerufen am 27. März 2012.


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