The World Is My Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader

The World Is My Home: A Hamid Dabashi Reader

by Andrew Davison
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412813441

ISBN-13: 9781412813440

Pub. Date: 06/30/2010

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

As recent events indicate, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic politics more broadly have been deeply influential in world affairs. Hamid Dabashi has been a highly visible and prominent commentator on these affairs, explaining, interpreting, and providing a critical perspective. This volume gathers together his most influential and insightful writings.

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Overview

As recent events indicate, Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic politics more broadly have been deeply influential in world affairs. Hamid Dabashi has been a highly visible and prominent commentator on these affairs, explaining, interpreting, and providing a critical perspective. This volume gathers together his most influential and insightful writings.

As one of the foremost contemporary public intellectuals and scholars of our time, Dabashi's interests and writings span subjects ranging from Islamic philosophy and political ideology to Iranian art and Persian literature, from Sufism and Orientalism to Iranian and world cinema and contemporary Arab and Muslim visual arts; and from postcolonial theory and globalization to imperialism and public affairs. There is a direct connection between his theoretical innovations and the angle of his public interventions on the urgent global issues of the day. This book brings together some of his most important writings, especially those that offer new ways of understanding Islam, Iran, Islamist ideology, global art, and the condition of global modernity. The book shows the underlying conceptual themes that unify Dabashi's wide-ranging and brilliantly insightful corpus.

Dabashi combines deep knowledge of the subject matter about which he writes, and highly refined sociological, hermeneutical, and cultural interpretive skills, moving far beyond the limiting, distorted, and intellectually stifling character of reigning absolutist conventions. He places existing authoritative frameworks under close scrutiny in order to produce novel and penetrating insights. These essays reflect historical and geographical worlds that are best viewed when Hamid Dabashi's work is read as a whole, which this one- volume work makes possible for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412813440
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part 1: Counter-Imagining Islam and Iran

Islams

1. In the Absence of the Face

2. Shi’ism as Paradox

3. Counter-Imagining the Sacred

Islamic Ideology

4. The Power of Interpretation

5. Blindness and Insight: The Predicament of a Muslim Intellectual

Iran

6. On Nations Without Borders

7. Khomeini’s Revolution

Part 2: Emancipatory Aesthetics

Poetic Revolutions

8. Nima Yushij and the Constitution of a National Subject

9. Forugh Farrokhzad and the Formative Forces of Iranian Culture

Cinematic Palpitations

10. Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf

11. On Signs and Signation

New Global Visual Arts

12. Whither Iranian Cinema? The Perils and Promises of Globalization

13. It was in China, Late One Moonless Night

Hamid Dabashi: A Select Bibliography

Index

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