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Brown Skin, White Masks (The Islamic Mediterranean)

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"The great value of Dabashi's book rests in unmasking the dubious role “native informers” play in U.S. society....[Brown Skin, White Masks will hopefully have a similar revolutionizing impact like Fanon´s famous Black Skin, White Masks." -- Ludwig Watzal, International News Magazine

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Hamid Dabashi is the author of 18 books and countless articles. An internationally-renowned cultural critic and award-winning writer, his books and articles have been translated into numerous languages. His books include Theology of Discontent (1993), Iran: A People Interrupted (2007), and Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire (2008).
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  • Series: The Islamic Mediterranean
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (January 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745328733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost 60 years ago, Frantz Fanon published his groundbreaking book "Black Skin, White Masks", in which he explored the traumatic consequences of an inferiority complex that colonized people felt, and how that led them to identify with the ideology of the colonizer. This book together with "The Wretched of the Earth", published in 1961, became "the Bibles" of the anti-colonial movement throughout the world. His writings inspired the protest movement that swept across not only the colonized third world countries, but also through the Northern colonial metropolis. In the light of the new US-led policies of neo-colonialism and imperialism, Fanon is more topical than ever.

In the cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union the world situation worsened dramatically. Without adversary, the US "hyperpower" is embarking on a new neo-colonial spree, by attacking one Muslim country after another, i. e. Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Other countries, such as Iran and Syria, are meanwhile threatened with invasions. Without the support of "native informers" and "comprador intellectuals" the US Empire could not achieve its expansive goals so easily.

Hamid Dabashi focuses especially on the role of the immigrant "comprador intellectuals" and the "native informers" in the United States and their "contribution" in facilitating and rationalizing the attacks on the Muslim world. The author is Iranian-American, who teaches Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York City and is a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at the same university.

The author's main argument is that in present-day North-America and Western Europe "brown has become the new black and Muslims the new Jews".
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To fully understand the theoretical concept that Dabashi is presenting one needs to read Frantz Fanon's "Black Skin, White Masks." Dabashi profoundly is continuing what Fanon started 60 years ago. A fascinating cultural criticism of Middle Eastern "Pundit Intellectuals"- as Dabashi describes them- who immigrated to the West to become facilitators (or in Dabashi's profound term "Native Informers") of Western Imperialism in both military and cultural hegemony front against their own native countries. He gives a very precise historical, psychological and cultural study of how these "pundit intellectuals" have paved the road for U.S. and Israeli's military and racist aggression toward Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. Another excellent work by Hamid Dabashi written in a very crucial time.
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