Hazhir Teimourian is a writer on philosophical issues and a commentator on Middle Eastern politics, culture and history. He is also, at the age of 76, a student once more. He is working on an MA philosophy thesis under Sir Roger Scruton in London. Teimourian was born in Kurdish western Iran and educated there in classical Persian and Arabic. At the age of nineteen, he came to England to study science and read for a degree in chemistry, but did not finish his studies. He became, instead, a broadcaster with the Persian Service of the BBC. In 1980, he was invited by The Times to join it as a writer specialising in the Middle East. During the crisis of the eviction of Iraq from Kuwait in 1991, he wrote a daily column in The Times and was employed by BBC Television News as one of its main commentators. During the subsequent wars and crises in the Middle East, he was a regular analyst on many of the main broadcasters in the West. Since 1996, when he left The Times, he has maintained an ISDN radio studio at home. His Biography of Omar Khayyām (the eleventh century Persian free-thinker, mathematician and poet) was published in Britain in November 2007 and has been translated into several languages. His philosophical book, The Consolations of Autumn: Sages in Hard Times, was published in 2015. A new impression of Omar Khayyām: Poet, Rebel, Astronomer is being issued this forthcoming October (2016).
Please see www.ConsolationsOfAutumn.com , www.KhayyamByTeimourian.com , www.LimehouseGroup.net . "His exposure of Iran's human rights record is devastating". New York Times editorial, April 10, 1989.   "Only Hazhir Teimourian of The Times warned us all these years of the ambitions of  Saddam Hussein". The late Brian Redhead, presenter, The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4, August 1990. "Your column in The Times is the first thing I go to every morning".  David Steel, leader of the Liberal Democrats, London, February 1991.   "A natural broadcaster, if ever there was one".  The Times, August 1998.   "You're the only commentator on the Middle East I believe!"  Sir Tom Courtenay, actor, 2003.   "A respected commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, Hazhir Teimourian’s Omar Khayyam is a work of considered scholarship and tremendous imaginative sympathy."  Justin Marozzi, The Spectator, 14 Nov, 2007.   "Evocative, informative and unusually moving" BBC departmental chief on his Radio 4 programme Something Understood, Oct 25, 2009. "A wonderful, wideranging book. I keep dipping into it and not wanting to emerge". Sarah Montague, presenter, the Today Programme, BBC Radio 4”, on his Consolations of Autumn: Sages in Hard Times, 2015.