December 31, 1999

Dabashi, Hamid
[CLME W3753] Iran: A Culture in History and [ASCM V2008] Contemporary Islamic Civilization

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

One of the funniest, sweetest and most brilliant people you'll ever meet. Unconventional in every way; you either love him or you hate him, and you love him. He's one of those "changed my life" profs. If you have even a faint interest in the Middle East, or in cultural relativism, or in thought at all, take anything this man offers, while you still can. No one else in the school can casually compare Latin and Arabic versions of a translation from Persian, and correct them both. Only one warning: his courses tend to involve lots of discussion, and lots of him correcting your statements and your assumptions. If you are looking for academic rigor, or you don't like know-it-all professors, he may not be the one for you.

Workload:

He generally makes it up as he goes along. Class participation is very important. Several papers.