Tamim Ansary grew up in Afghanistan and grew old in America, and he takes a particular interest in times and places where civilizations overlap.

His books include West of Kabul, East of New York, a literary memoir about straddling a cultural fault line in the world; and Games Without Rules, a history of Afghanistan from the inside looking out.

In Destiny DisruptedA History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, and his latest work, The Invention of Yesterday, he explores the relationship between cultural perspective and the narrative of world history.