Interviews with Iranologists

“Mr. Rouhani’s Policies Can Be Important for the Future of the Middle East,” Says Prof. Anttila

Prof. Jaakko Markus Hämeen-Anttila, a prominent Finnish Expert of Eastern Studies, has not only conducted numerous researches on the Muslim societies of Europe and the Middle East, but he also has administered various projects on Islam, the intellectual heritage of the Middle East and dialog among religions. Prof. Anttila, however, is known as an Iranologist and translator of great Iranian works such as Shahnameh (Book of Kings). On the sideline of his trip to Iran, we found the chance to have an interview with him, although Prof Antilla deemed some topics as not to detail on according to his own reasons. Read More »

“Bulgarians Being of Persian Descent Is Gaining Strength,” Says Dr. Ivo Panov

Ivo Panov is identified as one of greatest Bulgarian Iranologists who won Iran’s Book of the Year Awards in recognition of his 25 years of work to revise and edit the Bulgarian-Farsi dictionary. Panov who has translated the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám and part of Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh” into Bulgarian emphasizes his people’s interest in the Iranian civilization. Some experts consider Bulgarians as lost Iranian ethnicities; a claim that can be traced into cultural proximities and similarities they have to Iranians. Read More »

“WWI was A factor Contributing to Ascent of the Pahlavis,” States Lt. Col. Andreeva

Dr. Elena Andreeva gained her B.A. and M.A in the Middle East studies from Moscow State University and her doctoral degree from the University of New York. She is a professor of history at Virginia Military Institute, where classes are held and lessons are taught on the history of Iran, the Middle East and Islam. Her studies focus on actions and interactions between the west and the east, the history and culture of the 19th and 20th century Iran as well as dimensions of colonialism and imperialism in the Middle East and Asia. We held an interview with Dr. Andreeva regarding her research activities about the history of Iran, Russia and ... Read More »

“Rituals of Imam Husain’s Memorial Are Worldwide,” States Karen Ruffle

Karen Ruffle is an enthusiast of Shia traditions and has conducted numerous researches regarding this topic. What differentiates Ms. Ruffle from other researchers of the field is her field studies and visits to Shia holy places. In her words, she displayed her affection toward the Shia Ahl-e-Bait and pointed out that for many times, she bore witness to their miraculous intervention in her life. To gain a more comprehensive viewpoint toward her research trends and the effect of the Shia school of thought on her beliefs, we conducted an interview with her which is as follows. Read More »

“Golha Project Presently Used in Universities as Teaching Aid,” States Jane Lewisohn

Since 1970, Jane Lewisohn lived for six years in Iran and over the past few years, she has had various visits to the country. Her over 3 decades of work on different aspects of Iranian studies include a particular peak that is the administration of the Golha Project. The Golha Project was first initiated having the support of SOAS and a number of non-governmental institutions. The purpose was to collect and organize the series of the Golha programs broadcast from the Iranian National Radio. The Golha program was being broadcast for almost 23 years, between 1956 and 1979, and brought a total length of 850 hours of poetic prologs, readings ... Read More »

“Avini Owned a Spectacular Approach toward War Documentaries,” Says Agnes Devictor

Ms. Agnes Devictor, Ph.D., is a specialist in Iran’s war cinema who received her political sciences doctorate with a dissertation on “The creation of a public culture policy of the I. R. Iran”. Her researches were mostly focused on the Iran-Iraq war and she has held numerous seminars on the subject. Of her favorite figures, we can refer to Morteza Avini, the martyr. Avini was a war photographer and documentary maker who was killed by a mine shrapnel shot 5 years after the Iran-Iraq war while inspecting the location of his new film, “the Chronicles of Victory”. The latest work of his is a well-recognized documentary piece aired several times ... Read More »

“Baluchi Language Is on Significant Crossroads,” Underlines Carina Jahani

A prominent Iranologist from Sweden, Prof. Carina Jahani is vastly invested in Baluchi language and that has led to her many trips to Iran and Pakistan and years of stay in Iran’s Baluchistan. Her main field of focus hovers widely around Baluchi language which makes her efforts rather exclusive in putting on scales the similarities of the language and traditions of Iran’s Baluch population with those in the neighboring countries. She is on the belief that Baluchi language is yet to earn its real place in the modern world and as a result of the negligence toward it, a foggy future is underway for it. Read More »

“The Historical Iran One Day Extended Far beyond Borders of Today’s Middle East,” States Ferhad Shakely

Ferhad Shakely (born 1951) is a prominent Kurdish writer, poet and researcher. He is one of the founders of modern Kurdish poetry in the post-Goran period. He was born in 1951 in the province of Kirkuk in Iraq. He began publishing poetry in 1968. In the early 1970s he studied in the Kurdish department of the Baghdad University. He joined the Kurdish national movement under the leadership of Mustafa Barzany in 1974 and went to Syria in 1975. He lived in Germany from autumn 1977 to summer 1978. Finally he settled in Sweden in the same year. In 1981, after studying for one year at the University of Stockholm, he ... Read More »

“Richness of Iranian History Is without Analog in Islamic World,” Underlines George Sanikidze

Since 1985 he works at G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies and from 2003 he is the director of the institute. He worked as a research fellow at University of California, Berkeley, Sorbonne -III Paris and Sorbonne IV, Paris, also at the Universities of Hokkaido and Osaka. At various times he was awarded with scholarships and grants. He is the member of the “Middle East and Africa Research Association”, “The International Association of Persian Societies” (regional office), “International Society for Iranian Studies”, “Society for Central Eurasian Studies”. In 2012, he was awarded with “Pharabi International Prize” for research done in the field of Iranian Studies and Studies of Islam. Read More »