Roya Arab

Iranian Musician and Archaeologist


Arab, R. 2023. Review, JRAI 29(1), of Farzaneh Hemmasi, 2020,
Tehrangeles Dreaming: Intimacy and Imagination in Southern California’s Iranian Pop Music. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.245pp.

Hashemi, A. and Arab, R., 2023. ‘Tataloo and His Multiple Morphologies’ in
The Nightingale Rebels: Popular Music and Society in Modern Iran, (editors. Nahid Siamdoust & Houchang Chehabi) Ilex Foundation, Harvard University Press, (forthcoming).

Arab, R. & Said Zeydabadi-nejad editors of ‘Iranian Cinema’, LMEI Vol 14, no2 Feb-March 2019.

Arab, R. 2019. “Parviz Sayyid: Socio-political commentator dressed as village fool” in the Middle East in London, Iranian Cinema, Vol 14, no2 Feb-March 2019.

Arab, R. 2017. “How Men Became the Sole Adult Dancing Singers in Iranian Films” in Music on Screen: From Cinema Screens to Touchscreens. Musicology Research (Online) Autumn 2017, Vol.3.

Arab, R. 2016. ‘The changing use of music in Iranian films reflects a complex culture in flux’. 30 April 2016 in

Arab, R. 2016. ‘Swaying to Persian and Middle Eastern tunes in London’, The Middle East in London. Vol 12, No 2, Feb/March 2016: 19-20.

Arab, R. 2015.
‘Can Composition and Performance be Research? November 25,2015. City University Blogspot.

Arab, R. 2015.
Fascism in Fancy Dress for the 21st Century. 1 July 2015 in

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’ Encyclopaedia 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 (View Paper)

Arab, R. 2009. ‘
Theodore Wertime’. Encyclopaedia 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. (
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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, ’

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.



2020 until current time: Associate Member, LMEI, CIS, SOAS.

Sept 2015-2019 carried out preliminary research on Music in Iranian films at City University of London.

Since 08 Honorary Research Assistant, Institute of Archaeology, UCL
2007 MA Public Archaeology, IoA, UCL
2003 BA Archaeology, IoA, UCL


98-00 Astronomy, Pottery, Telescope making, Ikebana flower arranging
1998 Certificates in Baking and teaching ESOL
1997 Philosophy, Pottery, Embroidery, French, and Writing
1993 Playwriting course at Central School of Speech and Drama

Early Education

1989 Hounslow Borough College (One year of Copywriting/Advertising)
1984 North Westminster Community School (A’levels)
1979 Ancaster House School Bexhill-on-Sea ( O’levels)
1973-79 Summer Schools in Montana Switzerland, and St. Georges in Ascot
1974-79 Maktab Tarbiat School in Shemiran Tehran