|Biographical detail : ||A former Iranian ambassador
A former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations (1971-79) during the reign of Shah Reza Pahlavi, whose aggressively modernising and secularising policies led to the Islamic revolution, Fereydoun Hoveyda was an expert in the Middle Eastern affairs.
As a young diplomat, Fereydoun participated in preparations for the 1945 San Francisco Conference, which adopted the charter of the United Nations, and two years later he helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
He wrote more than a dozen books, in English, French and German, including ‘The Broken Crescent: The Threat of Militant Islamic Fundamentalism’ and ‘What Do the Arabs Want?’ In his book, ‘The Fall of the Shah’ he wrote that “corruption ran wild at the heart of the royal family” and that “the example of the royal family was a sources of contamination which infected every level of society.”
Fereydoun Hoveyda earned a Ph.D. in international law and economic at the Sorbonne in Paris. He died of cancer in Clifton, Virginia, USA, the country of his exile.