Michael Axworthy is a British academic, author, commentator and was the head of the Iran section at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 1998-2000.
He has written articles for Prospect and The Independent, and appeared on radio program Start the Week.
In 2008 he was appointed director of the newly established Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies (CPIS) at Exeter University.
- The Sword of Persia: Nader Shah, from Tribal Warrior to Conquering Tyrant (I.B. Tauris, July 2006)
- Empire of the Mind: A History of Iran (Hurst Books; November 2007), republished as a penguin paperback Iran: Empire of the Mind. (November 2008)
- Michael Axworthy, Iran: Empire of the Mind: A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day (Paperback) ISBN 0-14-103629-X Publisher Penguin 6 November 2008
- review by David Gardner, Financial Times, April 2009