Columbia University scholar Hamid Dabashi discusses his new book The World of Persian Literary Humanism with historian Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet.
Born into a working class family in the southwestern city of Ahvaz in the Khuzestan province of Iran, Hamid Dabashi received his early education in his hometown and his college education in Tehran, before moving to the United States, where he received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. He is currently the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in this field.
Professor Dabashi is a current affairs essayist, analyst, and commentator in major international newspapers and periodicals. He is regularly featured on CNN, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, and other global, national, and local venues. His essays regularly appear in al-Ahram Weekly in Egypt, Bir Gun in Turkey, and CNN in the United States.
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet is the Robert I. Williams Term
Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has
directed the Middle East Center since 2006. She is the author of, Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran (Oxford University Press, 2011). A forthcoming book is Frontier Narratives of the Middle East and she is also completing a book on America 's historical relationship with Iran and the Islamic world entitled, American Divines, Persian Diplomats: A History of US-Iranian Relations, 1833-1979. In addition to her academic work, Kashani-Sabet has written several fictional pieces including the novel, Martyrdom Street. She is a member of the Association of Iranian American Writers.