Roya Arab

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Roya Arab (born 1967, in Tehran, Iran) is a UK-based Iranian musician and archaeologist. Besides music, Roya has a passion for all things Iranian/Persian, past and present.


  • 1996: Archive, Londinium (Island Records): "All Time", "So few Words", "Ubiquitous Wife" (a.k.a. "Headspace"), "Darkroom", "Londinium", "Nothing Else", "Parvaneh (Butterfly)", "Last Five", "Ubiquitous Wife Remix" (hidden song)
  • 1998: Grooverider, Mysteries of Funk: "Rainbows of Colour" (Arab, Grooverider, Optical)
  • 1998: Leila, Like Weather: "Blue Grace" (R. Arab, L. Arab)
  • 1999: Naab, L’étranger: "L’étranger" (Arab, Naab)
  • 2000: Zend Avesta, Organique: "À la Manière" (Arab, Rebotini)
  • 2000: Leila, Courtesy of Choice: "Different time" (R. Arab, L. Arab, G. Jones, Woolley)
  • 2008: Leila, Blood, Looms and Blooms: "Daisies, Cats and Spacemen" (R. Arab, L. Arab)
  • 2011: R. Arab & Hichkas, "Killing Fields" (R.Arab & Hichkas)
  • 2012: Rosko John, "Tactical light" (Rosko John and R.Arab)
  • 2013: Hichkas, R. Arab & Dariush "Mooye Parishoon" (Hichkas, R. Arab, Dariush & Mahdyar Aghajani)
  • 2014: R.Arab,"Siren's call" film score for Hinterland a short film by Sebastian Lister
  • 2014: Rosko John, Call to Arms: "March Forth" (Rosko John, R. Arab & Mahdyar Aghajani)


  • Arab, R. 2015. ‘Syria: A Serious Situation for Us All’. 16 June 2015 in
  • Arab, R. 2015. ‘Review and reflections on Culture in Crisis Conference V&A April 2015’. 20 May 2015 in
  • Arab, R. 2015, ‘Reflections on Culture in Crisis’. 15 May 2015 in
  • Arab, R. 2014. ‘Campbell, John Nicholl Robert ii. The Archives’, Encyclopædia Iranica.
  • Arab, R. 2013, ‘Terror and I’.23 July 2013 in
  • Arab, R. & N. Earl. 2011. ‘Persians, Classics and Secondary Education’, The Journal of Classics Teaching, no. 24, Autumn 2011: 11-14.
  • Arab, R. 2010. ‘Open letter on Iranian heritage’. Public Archaeology. Vol 9, No 2: 108-120.
  • Arab, R. 2009. ‘Comments and Reflections on ‘Archaeology in Conflict: Cultural heritage, site management and sustainable developments in conflict and post- conflict states in the Middle East’ in
  • Arab, R. 2009. ‘Theodore Wertime’, Encyclopædia Iranica
  • Arab, R. 2005. Student Guide Book for IHF educational programme in conjunction with the British Museum exhibition British Museum with Achaemenid assistance from S.Razmjou, edited by F.Hakimzadeh & R.Dwyer.
  • Arab, R. & Rehren, Th. 2004. ‘The Wertime Pyrotechnological Expedition of 1968’, IAMS, Vol 24: 29-34.
  • Arab. R & Rehren.Th 2004. ‘The pyrotechnological expedition of 1968’. In: Th. Stöllner, R. Slotta and A. Vatandoust, eds), Persiens Antike Pracht, Bergbau Handwerk Archäogie, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum: 550-555.


  • Arab, R. 2010. ‘An overview of ‘State terrorism and Libya’s record on human rights: fact of fiction? A Conference by Society Outreach, House of Lords, 27 Jan 2010’
  • Arab, R. 2009. ‘A report of the seminar for National Interfaith week’ at the Zoroastrian Centre in London (ZTFE)18 Nov 2009.
  • Arab, R. 2009. ‘Review and reflections on: Is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia prepared to defend Human Rights, Civil Liberties and Fight Terrorism’. A Conference by Society Outreach, House of Lords, 7 Dec 2009.