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Dilip Hiro is an Indian author, journalist, and commentator who specializes on the politics of South Asia and Middle East.

Dilip Hiro
Larkana, Pakistan
OccupationAuthor, journalist & commentator

Early lifeEdit

Born in the Indian sub-continent, Hiro was educated in India, Britain, and the United States, where he received a master's degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Hiro settled in London in the mid-1960s, where he became a full-time writer, journalist, and commentator. Three of his earlier books were re-issued by the publisher in 2013. He is the editor of Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur, a world classic that has been preserved since 1530.


Hiro was the chief analyst on the Middle Eastern, Central Asian, South Asian and Islamic affairs, and Terrorism for the Rome-based Inter Press Service International Features Agency (1992–99), and the London-based Gemini News Service features agency (1999–2002). He is also a frequent contributor to the following online magazines: The Guardian’s Commentisfree;[1] Yale University’s Yale Global;[2] and the New York-based Nation Institute’s website Tom Dispatch.[3]



  • Cold War in the Islamic World: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Struggle for Supremacy (2018) ISBN 9780190944650
  • The Age of Aspiration: Power, Wealth, and Conflict in Globalizing India (2016) ISBN 1620971305
  • The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan (2015) ISBN 1568587341
  • Indians in a Globalizing World: Their Skewed Rise (2014)
  • A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East (2013)
  • Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia (2012)
  • After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World (2010) (shortlisted for the Mirabaud Prize of the Forum International Médias Nord-Sud)
  • Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran (2009) (on The Financial Times’s List of Best History Books of the Year)
  • Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources (2007)
  • The Timeline History of India (2006)
  • The Iranian Labyrinth: Journeys through Theocratic Iran and Its Furies (2005)
  • Secrets and Lies: Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and After (2004)/ (Financial Times’ Best Politics and Religion Book of the Year) / (Long-listed for the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing)
  • The Essential Middle East: A Comprehensive Guide (2003)
  • Iraq: In The Eye Of The Storm (2002)
  • War Without End: The Rise of Islamist Terrorism and Global Response (2002), ISBN 9781136485565
  • The Rough Guide History of India (2002)
  • Neighbors, Not Friends: Iraq and Iran after the Gulf Wars (2001)
  • Sharing the Promised Land: A Tale of Israelis and Palestinians (1998)
  • Dictionary of the Middle East (1996)
  • The Middle East (1996)
  • Between Marx and Muhammad: The Changing Face of Central Asia (1995)
  • Lebanon, Fire and Embers: A History of the Lebanese Civil War (1993)
  • Desert Shield to Desert Storm: The Second Gulf War (1992)
  • Black British, White British: A History of Race Relations in Britain (1991)
  • The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict (1991)
  • Holy Wars: The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (1989)
  • Iran: The Revolution Within (1988)
  • Iran under the Ayatollahs (1985)
  • Inside the Middle East (1982)
  • Inside India Today (1977)
  • The Untouchables of India (1975)
  • Black British, White British (1973)
  • The Indian Family in Britain (1969)


  • Three Plays (1985)
  • Interior, Exchange, Exterior (Poems, 1980)
  • Apply, Apply, No Reply & A Clean Break (Two Plays, 1978)
  • To Anchor a Cloud (Play, 1972)
  • A Triangular View (Novel, 1969)


  • Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur (2006)


  • A World Connected: Globalization In The 21st Century (ed.) Nayan Chanda (2013)
  • Encyclopedia Of Global Studies (eds.) Helmut Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer (2012)
  • The World According To Tomdispatch: America In The New Age Of Empire (ed.) Tom Englehardt (2008)
  • New Makers Of Modern Culture, Vol. 2, (ed.) Justin Wintle (2007)
  • New Makers Of Modern Culture, Vol. 1 (ed.) Justin Wintle (2007)
  • The Iraq War Reader (eds) Micah Sifri & Christopher Serf (2003)
  • A Concise History Of India (a new chapter), (2002)
  • A Just Response: The Nation On Terrorism, Democracy And 11 September 2001 (ed.) Katrina vanden Heuvel (2002)
  • What's it like? Life And Culture In Britain Today (eds) Joanne Collie & Alex Martin (2000)
  • Iran And The Arab World (ed.) Hooshang Amirahmadi (1993)
  • The Gulf War Reader (eds) Micah Sifri & Christopher Serf (1991)
  • Makers Of Nineteenth Century Culture (ed.) Justin Wintle (1984)
  • Pieces Of Hate (ed.) Brian Redhead & Kenneth McLeish (1982)
  • Makers Of Modern Culture (ed.) Justin Wintle (1982)
  • World Minorities, Vol II (ed.) Georgina Ashworth (1977)
  • World Minorities, Vol I (ed.) Georgina Ashworth (1977)
  • Colour, Culture And Consciousness (ed.) Bhikhu Parekh (1974)
  • One For Sorrow, Two For Joy (ed.) Paul Barker (1972)


  1. ^ "Dilip Hiro | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Feature Articles | YaleGlobal Online". Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ "TomDispatch". Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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