Can Non-Europeans Think?

Author(s): Hamid Dabashi

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What happens with thinkers who operate outside the European philosophical 'pedigree'? In this powerfully honed polemic, Dabashi argues that they are invariably marginalised, patronised and mis-represented. Challenging, pugnacious, but also stylish, Can Non-Europeans Think? forges a new perspective in postcolonial studies by looking at how intellectual debate continues to reinforce a colonial regime of knowledge, albeit in a new guise. Based on years of intellectual work and activism, Dabashi delivers a provocative and insightful collection of observations and philosophical explorations, which is certain to unsettle and delight in equal measure.


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Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Born in Iran, he received a dual PhD in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Preface by Partha Chatterjee Introduction: A Tired Colonialism/Insult Chapter 1: Can Non-Europeans Think? Chapter 2: The Moment of Myth, Edward Said (1935-2003) Chapter 3: The Middle East is Changed Forever Chapter 4: The War Between the Civilised Man and the Savage Chapter 5 Postcolonial Defiance or Still the Other Conclusion - The Continued Regime of Knowledge

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  • : 9781783604197
  • : Zed Books Ltd
  • : Zed Books Ltd
  • : April 2015
  • : 216mm X 138mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2015
  • : books

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  • : 272
  • : Paperback
  • : Hamid Dabashi