I was educated in Classical Persian and Arabic for a dozen years while I grew up in the Kurdish region of western Iran in the 1940s and 1950s. Then I was sent by my family to England to study science, but there I drifted into broadcasting with the BBC World Service in Persian until 1980, when I joined the Times newspaper as a reporter on the aftermath of the Iranian revolution of 1979. I remained with The Times till 1996, with my writings broadening into all aspects of the Middle East, including its history. At times of crisis, I had a daily column.
I have installed an ISDN radio studio at my home in London.
To read some of my newspaper articles or radio talks from the past two decades, please click here.
My biograhpy of Omar Khayyam (the eleventh century Persian free-thinker, mathematician and poet) was published in the UK in 2007 and is, this year 2010, being published in Russian, Spanish and Turkish.