'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.'
'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.'