Samuel Shimon, an Iraqi author and journalist, was born in Habbaniya in 1956. In 1998, he collaborated with his wife, Margaret Obank, to create Banipal, a magazine dedicated to introducing contemporary Arabic literature to the English audience. Shimon also founded Kikah, a cultural website which promotes free culture and tolerance. In 2005, he published his first novel, Iraqi in Paris; the book continues to be very successful, with translations into several languages. He currently lives in London, UK.