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language of expression: Finnish, Arabic
educated at: University of Helsinki
occupation: translator, university teacher, poet
award received: Eino Leino Prize, J. V. Snellman Award, State Award for Public Information, Vantaa cultural prize, Warelius Award
position held: docent, professor
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (born 26 February 1963) is a Finnish academic researcher, serving as a professor of the Arabic language and Islamic studies at the University of Edinburgh. Before that he was a professor at the University of Helsinki.
He is one of the leading researchers of Islam in Finland. He has written many popular books on Islamic culture, history and poetry. Hämeen-Anttila also translated the Qur'an into Finnish in the year 1995 and the Epic of Gilgamesh in the year 2000. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. Hämeen-Anttila is married to the academic researcher and novelist Virpi Hämeen-Anttila.
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