Hossein Ziai was born in Mashhad, the capital of Khorasan خراسان in northeastern Iran, on 6 July 1944, and passed away in Los Angeles on 24 August 2011. The only child of Ozra Moshiri and Mahmoud Ziai, he was named after his maternal great-grandfather, Mirza Seyed Ja’far Khan Hosseini, Moshir ud-Dowleh, a sādāt-e Hosseini حسینی سادات  descendant of Qā’em-Maqām-e Farāhāni.

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