Jaakko Hameen-Anttila

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.

Undergraduate teaching

  • 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.

Research summary

  • 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 interests

Dr 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.

Project activity

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.

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