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Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

Jaakko Markus Hämeen-Anttila
Born 26 February 1963, Oulu

Bachelor of Arts, 1986 (Assyriology) and Doctor of Philosophy, 1994 (Arabic Language and Islamic Studies), University of Helsinki

Professor of Arabic language and Islamic Studies (2000-, University of Helsinki)

Research assistant (1991-97, Academy of Finland), senior researcher (1997-2000, Academy of Finland),

Publications, research projects and other academic involvement
Research themes: classical Arabian literature – Arabian-Islamic cultural history – cultural interaction especially through translations (Middle East).

Photo: Ari Aalto
Authors: Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.)
Translated by: Moona Viskari, Tiina Kunttu, Arttu Suikkanen, Ville Turunen, Eira Lindh, Salla Wiik
Revised by: John Calton

My best moments at the University of Helsinki

My best moments at the University of Helsinki have been those occasions when I have had the opportunity to follow the development of talented young researchers from student to independent researcher. When I followed, usually as a presiding official, or custos, the public defence of a doctoral thesis, and had the opportunity to see my students outgrow me, at least in their specialist area, and become independent researchers who have internationally important things to say, I reckon that I have done my job well.

My finest moment was in June 2014, when I was voted unanimously to become the president of an internationally important scientific organisation, Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, (‘The European Union of Arabist and Islamists’) for the term of 2014-2018.

Photo: Ville Korhonen.​


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