Interviews with Iranologists

“Iranology Is a Global Phenomenon,” Believes Ashk Dahlén.

A linguist and a professor of Iranian languages at the University of Uppsala in Sweden, Ashk Peter Dahlén has translated numerous works from Farsi to Swedish. His vested interests in Farsi were sparked by his familiarity with the great Iranian Sufist, Rumi. In 2001, Ashk Dahlén found himself inspired greatly by Rumi and so, he translated a book named “the Song of the Reed (Vassflöjtens sang)”. When he was still an infant, his parents leave him in front of a door of a house in Tehran, which is when a Swedish couple adopt him and he begins his life in Sweden. For years, Ashk Dahlén viewed himself as a Swede ... Read More »

“Attar and Rumi’s Works Contain Numerous Instances of Tales Adapted from Other Sources,” States Marzolph

Professor Ulrich Marzolph, a prominent expert of Iranian studies and an eminent professor at the University of Göttingen, became interested in studying Persian literature and theology in the times of Iran’s Revolution and after years of research, he wrote a number of articles in English and German on Persian folk narratives, some of which translated into Farsi. Enthused about stone-carved versions of tales, he collected the documents published in the Qajar period and conducted studies thereon, and that brought him an award at the 6th Cultural Research of Iran’s Ministry of Guidance in recognition of his work on the art of illustration in stone-carved books. To delve deeper into his ... Read More »

“The Legacy of Cyrus the Great Has Deeply Influenced the Mediterranean Regions and Iran,” Reckons Sarkozy.

Heading Iran-Hungary Friendship Association since 2010, Dr. Miklos Sarkozy is a prominent Hungarian Iranologist, whose association is a non-political organization which aims at familiarizing the people of Hungary with Iran’s culture, history and art. Dr. Sarkozy has traveled to Iran many times portraying his character as an invested fan of Iranian history and culture. Of his other realms of specialty are his studies and numerous articles on various schools and offshoots of Islam, esp. Ismāʿīlism. In an interview with Dr. Sarkozy, an eminent history professor, we inquired on the most recent status of the field of Iranology in Hungary and his researches and works written to cover Iranian history. Read More »

“Denmark’s Society Is Far More Unmixed than Iran’s,” Believes Claus Valling Pedersen.

At the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Iran-Denmark official ties, Claus Valling Pedersen, the deputy dean of East Studies Department of the University of Copenhagen, delivered his lecture on the Academic and Cultural Relations of Iran and Denmark in the chamber of the study office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran. There, a golden opportunity came to occurrence for us to have a brief conversation with him, glancing at the development of Iran-Denmark ties. Read More »

“Interacting with the Youth Is of Utmost Importance,” Insists Jorgensen.

Hemming Jorgensen (born 1939) graduated as a civil engineer in 1962 (MSc Technical University of Denmark), as a business economist in 1974 (B. Comm. Copenhagen Business School), and an Iranologist in 2010 (PhD University of Copenhagen). His engineering career included jobs in Switzerland, Iran, Denmark and Indonesia. For 15 years he was technical advisor and subsequently project director until retirement at the European Investment Bank. He worked as a senior consultant for various international agencies before embarking on the Iranian Project at the University of Copenhagen. Read More »