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IRAN: A People Interrupted

Authored by Hamid Dabashi


“A leading light in Iranian Studies.”  -The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Book Launch


Washington D.C.: Launch on 7th March 2007 @ 7 p.m. in Prose and Politics. The event will be covered by C-Span (5015 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C.).


New York City: Launch with a special screening of the Iranian film Offside by Jafar Panahi on 12th March 2007 @ 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts (Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street—upper level between Broadway and Amsterdam).


Destined to become the standard book on modern Iranian history, Iran: A People Interrupted is a deeply informed and eloquently written account of a national struggle for freedom and democracy against the overwhelming backdrop of the U.S. military hegemony—one that will be of enduring, immediate, and urgent interest to anyone hoping to make sense of current events in the larger historical and regional contexts.


Hamid Dabashi


In this book Hamid Dabashi traces the full sweep of that country’s history over the past two centuries with unprecedented analysis of key events, cultural trends, and political developments, up to the collapse of the reform movement and the emergence of the new and combative presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


About the author: An academically acclaimed and globally celebrated cultural critic, Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books and articles on Iran, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art, among them: Theology of Discontent (1993/2005); Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001); Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran (1999) and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema (2005).


Praise for Iran: A People Interrupted and Hamid Dabashi’s work:


“The grand clash of civilizations and ideologies  [over Islam and the West] will increasingly take place in the West, with such writers and intellectuals as Dabashi.” 

—The Guardian


“Sparkles with verve and a sometimes punishing wit...Encyclopedic in its scope, informal in tone, shrewd in its interpretation, indispensable...Dabashi is the perfect guide.”

—Edward W. Said


“I urge people to get a hold of this book…it provides its readers with a higher level of understanding than any hundred hours logged on”

—Carlo McCormick, Bookforum


“A brilliant analysis of the Iranian state of mind…Dabashi insists on a nuanced reading of the complexities of the Iranian social fabric.”

—Hannan Hever, chair, Department of Hebrew  Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


“There are few better places to begin than with Dabashi’s subtle and vividly presented wealth…on Iran.”

Professor Said Amir Arjomand, State University of New York, Stony Brook


“Lively and well written…Objective and empathetic…unlike many others on contemporary Iran.”

Professor Ervand Abrahamian, Baruch College, New York


“Original, creative and insightful…significant…utilizing a new approach which yields fresh and valuable perspectives.”

Professor John L. Esposito, Georgetown University


“A rare cultural critic.”

Mohsen Makhmalbaf


“Fresh, provocative and iconoclastic.”

Professor Ian Richard Netton, University of Leeds, UK


“Extraordinary…Dabashi serve[s] up a theoretical and empirical treat that should attract attention…far beyond the shores of Iran, the Middle East, or even the Islamic world.”

Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University


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