Iranian studies scholar Hamid Dabashi on the failures of the nation-state as a frame for political power, and his new book "The Emperor is Naked: On the Inevitable Demise of the Nation-State" from Zed Books.
On Start the Week Mariella Frostrup talks to the academic Hamid Dabashi about his critique of European intellectual heritage and identity. In his polemic Can Non-Europeans Think? Dabashi argues that those outside the West are often marginalised and mis-represented. Ancient Greece dominates the intellectual landscape in Europe and Edith Hall looks back to explore what made this civilisation so successful. The Greeks of Ancient Athens were always questioning their society and asking what makes people happy, and Douglas Murray wonders whether the secular West has stopped asking those questions, and is the shallower for it. The artist Glenn Ligon takes inspiration from black writers and abstract expressionists to give a fresh perspective on the values of contemporary America.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
Interview with Hamid Dabashi, professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at the Columbia University in New York about his book Iran. A People Interrupted, \"a brilliant analysis of the Iranian state of mind... Dabashi insists on a nuanced reading of the complexities of the Iranian social fabric,\" according to Hannan Hever, chair, Department of Hebrew Literature of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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