About the Author
Robert Irwin read Modern History at Oxford and taught Medieval History at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of The Middle East and the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, Islamic Art, and The Alhambra (2004). He has also published six novels, of which the most recent is Satan Wants Me. He reviews for a wide range of periodicals and is a director of a publishing company). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the London Institute of Pataphysics.