The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid

Produced by Ali Mirsepassi

Using rare and previously inaccessible footage, this documentary explores the life and thought of Iranian philosopher Ahmad Fardid. Under the conspicuous influence of German philosopher Martin Heidegger, Fardid called for the recovery of modern Iran to its spiritual and Islamic roots, a project fueled by his concept of Ghabzadegi(“Westoxification”)—which would quickly become a buzzword in the Iranian critique of the modern and secular West. The film features extensive interviews with Fardid’s former colleagues, associates, students, as well as scholars of modern Iran.

Event Information


Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

6:30 – 8:30pm


Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts

NYU Gallatin, 1 Washington Place


Ali Mirsepassi, Gallatin, NYU

Richard Wolin, History and Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Andrew Arato, Sociology, New School

Asef Bayat, Sociology and Middle East Studies, University of Illinois