Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
He earned his PhD from the University of Helsinki (Finland) in 1994. Before coming to Edinburgh in June 2016, he worked as a Senior Researcher of the Finnish Academy 1997-2000 and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki 2000-2016.
- Classical Arabic Literature
- Mystical Islam (Sufism)
- Contribution to the core courses History and Culture of Iran and Classical Persian Literature
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
- Lucy Deacon (ta'ziye - Shiite passion plays)
- Badreldeen Ismail (Sufism and Ash'arite theology)
- Mathew Barber (Mamluk and Fatimid historiography)
Past PhD students supervised
- Inka Nokso-Koivisto, Microcosm-Macrocosm Analogy in Rasa'il Ikhwan as-Safa' and Certain Related Texts (Helsinki).
- Ilkka Lindstedt, The Transmission of al-Madāʾinī’s Material. Historiographical Studies (Helsinki).
- Simon Loynes, the Qur'anic concept of wahy.
- translation and textual transmission (Middle Persian - Arabic - Classical Persian)
- the Shahname and its sources
- life of Zarathustra (in Islamic sources)
- Late Antiquity and Early Arab-Islamic culture
- the Qur'an
- Classical Arabic and Persian literature.
Current research interestsDr Hämeen-Anttila is interested in Classical Arabic and Persian literature, Umayyad and Abbasid cultural history, the influence of Late Antiquity on the Arab-Islamic culture, the Qur'an, and translation and textual transmission especially between Arabic and Persian cultures from pre-Islamic times to the premodern period.
Dr Hämeen-Anttila is editing a part of al-Maqrizi's al-Khabar 'an al-bashar for Brill's Bibliotheca Maqriziana. He is also writing a monograph on the Middle Persian Khwadaynamag (Book of Kings) and its influence on Arabic and Persian historiography.
Portrait of an Eighth-Century Gentleman
Kesravi va-tarjomeha-ye 'arabi-ye Khodayname
Zoroaster as perceived in Arabic and Perso-Islamic literature
Mesopotamia and the early Arabic and Islamic world
Islam and the sanctity of Jerusalem
al-Khansā's poem in -ālahā and its Qur'ānic echoes
A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia
[Review of] Angelika Neuwirth: Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community. Reading the Qur'an as a Literary Text. The Institute of Ismaili Studies. Qur'anic Study Series 10. Oxford 2014.
Recognition in the Arabic narrative tradition