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Hazhir Teimourian was born in 1940 in Kurdish western Iran and studied classical Persian and Arabic there before coming to London to study science. Here, he fell under the influence of the analytical philosophers and drifted into broadcasting in the World Service of the BBC. In 1980, he was joined The Times as a commentator on Middle Eastern politics and history and remained with the newspaper for 16 years. At times of the most intense turmoil in the Middle East, it felt as if he lived in television studios as ‘presenter’s friend’ and became a familiar face throughout the English-speaking world. He has a Master’s degree in philosophy and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. His forthcoming book is provisionally titled: The Ultimate Question: towards a new god of the philosophers in a godless universe.
Teimourian’s biography of Omar Khayyām, the eleventh century poet, thinker and astronomer, was praised by the press and has been translated into several other languages. He lives in Sussex with his wife Christabel King and has two grown-up children.