Nadia Hijab

Hijab is a writer and journalist specializing in Middle Eastern affairs, and a frequent commentator on the politics of the region for BBC radio and television. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Palestinian Arab parents, she was brought up in Beirut, Lebanon, where she began her career as a journalist. She worked in the Gulf state of Qatar, before joining the staff of the London-based current affairs monthly The Middle East in 1978. She became the Editor-in-Chief in 1981, a post she resigned in 1984 to