Golbarg Bashi

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Golbarg Bashi (Persian: گلبرگ باشی‎), born in Ahvaz, Iran, is an Iranian-Swedish feminist professor of Iranian studies at Rutgers University in the US. Among other topics, Bashi has published works and given talks about human rights in the Middle East and the situation of women in Iran. Two of her famous works include, Feminist waves in the Iranian Green Tsunami (2009); From One Third World Woman to Another: A Conversation with Gayatri Spivak (2010) and Eyewitness history: Ayatollah Montazeri (2006).[1][2]


Golbarg Bashi was born in Iran, raised in Sweden, and educated at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol and obtained her doctorate degree from Columbia University in New York City. Her doctoral research focused on a feminist critique of the human rights discourse in Iran.[1]

In addition to being an academic, she is also a best-selling children's author and publisher of diverse children's literature. [3] Her critically acclaimed P is for Palestine: A Palestine Book is considered world's first English-language alphabet book about Palestine, written from a social-justice perspective. [4]

In 2016, she was nominated for a U.S. toy industry award where she was shortlisted in the Designer/Inventor category at the Women In Toys ‘Wonder Woman’ Awards. Fellow nominees included executives at Disney, Mattel, Lego, and Hasbro. [5]

Bashi is also a visual artist. Her images have been published in the New York Times, Aljazeera English, CNN, BBC News, and Amnesty International.[6]

In 2002, Bashi was a member of the Green Party of Sweden where she was elected as an executive member of the party's Women's Committee.[7] She was also selected as a candidate for the Greens in the Swedish municipal elections for the city of Kramfors in 2002.[8][not in citation given]

She used to be married to Columbia University professor, Hamid Dabashi with whom she has two children.[9] She is an atheist.[10]


In April 2010, Golbarg Bashi launched Brainquake together with Duke University's Negar Mottahedeh. Brainquake was a criticism of the Boobquake event, which Bashi argued was an unhelpful and inappropriate way of drawing attention to legitimate issues. The issue at hand was a statement by Tehran's leader in Friday Prayer, saying that women who wear immodest clothing and behaved promiscuously caused earthquakes. Bashi and Brainquake advocates argued that instead of highlighting one's physical differences, women should show off their CVs and lists of accomplishments.[11][12]

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  1. ^ a b "Faculty Profiles - Golbarg Bashi". Rutgers University. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. ^ "تصویر ندا آقا سلطان و تکنولوژی دوربین در "زنانه شدن قدرت"". rahesabz. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  3. ^ Golbarg Bashi follows up ‘P is for Palestine’ with children's book on saving the olive tree Mondoweiss 2018. 29 November 2018
  4. ^ Palestine Book Awards, 2018 Middle East Monitor 2018. 29 November 2018
  5. ^ Weltch Media, 2016 Weltch Media, UK. 29 November 2018
  6. ^ "Program Participants". Fertile Crescent. Institute for Women and Art, Rutgers University. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120216154203/http://mp.se/templates/template_83.asp?number=63639. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ http://www.val.se/val/val_02/slutresultat/22K/2282/228200.html
  9. ^ Golbarg Bashi and Hamid Dabashi (March 2009). "Sal-e No Mobarak!". Tehran Avenue. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  10. ^ Atheism: A Non-believing Shi'i's Perspective Golbarg Bashi's official blog. 21 December 2014
  11. ^ Brownrigg, Kirsten (April 27, 2010). "Coup de Ta-Tas: Cleric's comment ignites skin-bearing backlash". Herald de Paris. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  12. ^ Moezzi, Melody (April 26, 2010). "Boobquake and Brainquake: Why Not Both?". MS Magazine. Retrieved 25 January 2014.

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Among other topics, Bashi has published works about the situation of women in Iran.