Friday, July 31, 2015
"Persophila: Persian Culture on the Global Scene"
"How did Iranians respond when they saw themselves reflected in Westernmirrors? Expanding on Jürgen Habermas’s theory of the public sphere, and overcoming the limits of Edward Said, Hamid Dabashi answers this critical question by tracing the formation of a civic discursive space in Iran, seeing it as a prime example of a modern nation-state emerging from an ancient civilization in the context of European colonialism. The modern Iranian public sphere, Dabashi argues, cannot be understood apart from this dynamic interaction."
Watch a magnificent short video introducing Hamid Dabashi’s forthcoming book: "Persophila: Persian Culture on the Global Scene"