Patrick Seale was a leading British writer on the Middle East, and the author of a number of books on Syria and the Middle East including The Struggle for Syria; also, Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East; Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire. and The Struggle for Arab Independence: Riad el-Solh and the Makers of the Modern Middle East (Cambridge).
Born in 1930 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and read Middle East history at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He studied Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Lebanon.
He was honored by Oxford University with a doctorate (D. Litt) and was a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College.
His journalistic experience included six years with Reuters, and over twelve with The Observer (London). He covered the Middle East, Africa and India.
Patrick Seale lived most of his life in France and the United Kingdom.
Patrick died on 11 April 2014.