Hazhir Teimourian, MA (Phil.), MRIP, FRAS, MISST, is a former commentator for The Times in London on all matters Middle Eastern. Since leaving the newspaper in 1996, he has continued to give interviews to broadcasters from Sydney to Calgary on the history, politics and culture of the Middle East and has also written on the deep changes of the recent decades in society in Britain. He now also writes books of a historical-cultural-philosophical hue and is a member of the Cross-Party Group for Balanced Migration in Parliament, being only one of three people from outside Parliament to be invited to join the group. Teimourian has been elected to the International Society for the Study of Time, is a Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
He was born in 1940 in the little town of Sahneh in Kurdish western Iran. At the age of 19, he came to London to study science, but fell under the influence of the philosopher Bertrand Russell and joined the External Services - later the World Service - of the BBC as a broadcaster in Persian. In 1980, he joined The Times and remained with the paper for 16 years.
For some of his articles, please see www.HTeimourian.net. More information on his recent book, the Consolations of Autumn, can be found on www.ConsolationsOfAutumn.com. A new impression of his biography of the eleventh-century poet, scientist and free-thinker Omar Khayyam was published in November 2016. Please see www.KhayyamByTeimourian.com .
Teimourian obtained his Master's degree in philosophy under his long-time friend Professor Sir Roger Scruton. The title of his thesis is: The Irresolvability of the Mystery of Being: Towards a new god of the philosophers in the new universe.