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Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila


Dr. Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila (b. 1963) is the professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Helsinki University. He has published extensively on Islam and Arab culture in Finnish and English. Dr. Hämeen-Anttila is clearly the most visible intellectual in the Finnish media and the person to be interviewed, when something happens in the Islamic world or among the Muslim community.

Besides his academic career, Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila is also a poet and translator of Arabic and Persian poetry. The mystical love-poetry of the Sufis is especially close to his heart. His translation works include the Gilgamesh, the Holy Koran, and the classical Ibn Hisham biography of the Prophet Mohammed.


 Works published by Otava

  • A Handbook of Islam (Islamin käsikirja), 2004
  • Intian kulttuuri (together with group: Asko Parpola, Virpi Hämeen-Anttila, Klaus Karttunen, Petteri Koskikallio, Marjatta Parpola ja Henri Schildt), 2005
  • A Cultural History of Love (Rakkauden atlas, together with Virpi Hämeen-Anttila), 2005
  • Mare Nostrum: At the Wellspring of Western Culture (Mare Nostrum – Länsimaisen kulttuurin juurilla), 2006
  • A Book of Myths (Tarujen kirja, together with Virpi Hämeen-Anttila), 2007
  • Adonis: Tomun taikuri, poems (translated in Finnish), 2007
  • Omar Khaijam – Runoilijan elämä, 2008
  • Omar Khaijam: Ruukku rubiiniviiniä, poems (translated inFinnish), 2008
  • A Thousand and One Nights (Tuhat ja yksi yötä, illustrated by Heli Hieta), 2010
  • A Thousand and One Nights of Erotica (Tuhannen ja yhden yön erotiikka), 2011
  • The Sword of Islam – the History of Conflicts Between East and West (Islamin miekka – Idän ja lännen konfliktien historia), 2012



  • 2002 Eino Leino -prize (together with Virpi Hämeen-Anttila)
  • 2005 A commendation from Lauri Jäntti Foundation
  • 2005 J. V. Snellman -award (From University of Helsinki)
  • 2005 State Award for Public Information
  • 2011 Warelius Prize from the Finnish Association of Non-Fiction Writers


Works published in / Rights sold to:

Latvia (Neputns)
Lithuania (Versus Aureus)


Published books