Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Student Spotlight: Babak Tabarraee

Wed, October 10, 2018
Student Spotlight: Babak Tabarraee
“Furūshandih" by Asghar Farhadi

In this article, Babak Tabarraee explores the (inter)textual and contextual elements that politicized the reception of the Iranian film Furūshandih (The Salesman) in both Iran and the United States. Babak argues that the movie’s theme of sexual harassment and the director Asghar Farhadi’s refusal to attend the Oscar ceremony to receive his second Academy Award for this film should be seen against the backdrop of Iranian-American cultural histories over the past few years.





Having a broad academic background in theater (BA), literature (MA) and film (MA), Ph.D. candidate, Babak Tabarraee’s,  research revolves around historical approaches to media reception in modern Iran. His writings have appeared in Iranian Studies, The Soundtrack, Cinephile, Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, and the Iranian Encyclopedia of the World of Islam. His publications in Farsi include two authored books of fiction, twenty-two book-format translations, and several essays, short stories, and screenplays. He is currently working on his dissertation on Iranian cult cinema.


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