Iran, the Green Movement and the USA

The Fox and the Paradox

Hamid Dabashi


Presents the dilemma that the West faces in dealing with Iran and the impact of the the Green Movement on this interaction.
Iran, the Green Movement and the USA presents the paradox that the USA faces in dealing with Iran over its nuclear armament: negotiate, and legitimize Ahmadinejad’s otherwise troubled presidency; resort to sanctions or military strikes, and altogether destroy the budding civil rights campaign of the Green Movement.

Either way, as leading Iranian scholar Hamid Dabashi argues, the Islamic Republic will become even stronger.

Featuring a short history of how the USA and Iran came to be in this confrontation, this elegantly written book provides the reader with a dynamic picture of the regional geopolitics and a purposeful guide to how to understand and deal with it.

Author Bio

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He has written over 20 books, in addition to authoring over 100 essays, articles and book reviews. An internationally renowned cultural critic and award-winning author, his writings have been translated into numerous languages, including Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and Turkish.

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Paradox
  • 2. Jammed in a Jungle and Nowhere to Go
  • 3. The Fox in the Hen House
  • 4. It's a Jungle out there
  • 5. Outfoxing the Wily Fox
  • 6. Paradox Redux
  • 7. The Fox in the Box
  • 8. The Retrieval of a Cosmopolitan Culture
  • Conclusion: People and their Parables


'Hamid Dabashi, once again, offers his readers a rare gift of passionate intellect into the meaning of the 2009 presidential protest movement in Iran. Dabashi shares Iran and with it Islam's ancient democratic wisdom in a 'heart-writing' that gives us hope, against all odds. I thank him for this amazing gift.'
Zillah Eisenstein

'Steeped in Iran's history and culture, Hamid Dabashi offers an insider's view of a rapidly changing country. His insight into Iran's culture and national psyche allows him to see the vibrant democratic society that is emerging there, beneath the veneer of religious rule.'
Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah's Men and Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America's Future

'The scope and the erudition in this book are reminiscent of a time of old fables in which the ''traditionally'' cosmopolitan intellectuals, at once artists, historians, philosophers, and so on, created their masterpieces.'
Shahla Talebi, author of Ghosts of Revolution

'A profoundly thoughtful analysis of Iran's convulsive political identity from one of the world's most brilliant and informed cultural critics. Dabashi intersperses his elegant narrative with rich philosophical commentary. A literary treasure.'
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet


Publication Date: 14 October 2010
248 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848138162
Hardback: 9781848138155
eBook ePub: 9781848138186
eBook PDF: 9781848138179
eBook Kindle: 9781780328164

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