Iran: A People Interrupted
|Iran: A People Interrupted|
|Genre||Cultural, Political and Social History|
|Publisher||The New Press|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Dewey Decimal||955.05 22|
|LC Classification||DS316.3 .D33 2007|
Iran: A People Interrupted is a book written by Hamid Dabashi, a scholar of Iran and Islam at Columbia University. The book was published in 2007 by The New Press and is a one-volume analysis of Iranian history--from the 19th century up until today. It attempts to describe events in Iran--Iranian cultural trends, and political developments, up to the collapse of the Iranian reform movement in 2005 and the resumed hostilities with the Bush Administration over the nuclear issue and the war on terror.. The outline of these historical details is the premise of Dabashi's theory of anticolonial modernity.
Dabashi tells a story of Iran through a "lens of a worldly cosmopolitanism" where he pays close attention to emancipatory movements the country has witnessed—among others through its literature, art, cinema, and feminism etc. His thesis is that Iran must be understood as a place of defiance against both domestic tyranny (which he defines as absolute monarchy or theocracy but nonetheless patriarchal) and foreign intervention (colonialism and imperialism).
Among its topics, the book features discussions regarding the new and combative presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his current showdown with the United States, as well as the rise of Iran as a regional power in the Middle East, the Salman Rushdie Affair, the Iran–Iraq War, the Islamic Revolution, the U.S. hostage crisis of 1979, the role of Iran during the Cold War, the Pahlavi dynasty, the Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the end of the Qajar dynasty.