A Collision of Prose and Politics

A prominent professor's attack on a best-selling memoir sparks debate among Iranian scholars in the U.S.

Like many Americans of Iranian descent, Hamid Dabashi read an article in the April 17 issue of The New Yorker with anxious dismay.

In that article, Seymour Hersh reported that President Bush's administration was preparing an airstrike against Iran, including the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons.

The president himself dismissed the report as "wild speculation."