“My Back Pages”

I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the age of five, I moved with my mother and brother to Britain, where I began my education. I have lived in several British cities and towns, including Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Westcliff-on-Sea, and Exeter.

I earned both my BA and PhD during the nineties from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. I also worked for two years as a full-time faculty member of that department, teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies, before moving across the Atlantic to New Jersey in August 1998.

I took up my current teaching position at Rutgers in 2003 after having held research positions at the Institute for Advanced Study and Columbia University, where I worked for two years as a full-time editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica. While in America I have always lived in the Princeton area, and currently my wife and I live in West Windsor.


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