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Ashk Dahlén

docent at Department of Linguistics and Philology

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3 H
Postal address:
Box 635
751 26 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Ashk Dahlén is Associate Professor (docent) in Iranian Languages and his field of study is primarily related to New Persian philology. Among his research interests are classical Persian literature, Iranian cultural history, mythology, religions, and historical continuities between ancient and medieval Iran. 

 

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Biography

Ashk Dahlén completed his PhD program in Iranian Languages at Uppsala University in 2002. Since then he has conducted postdoctoral research on Persian literature and the cultural history of the Iranian world in various contexts. His publications in the field of Persian literature primarily concern questions related to allegorical-mystical language, holy foolishness, mirror-for-princes, and national history. He has also published a descriptive grammar on modern Persian in Swedish, which includes detailed chapters on phonology, morphology and syntax, and provides a comprehensive look at the principles of the Persian language and its social and regional variation.

In 2010 Ashk Dahlén laid the institutional foundations for the creation of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies and currently serve as its Founding President. The Society is an interdisciplinary scholarly society and its aims are advancing Iranian Studies in Scandinavia, facilitating scholarly exchange amongst its membership, and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas concerning diverse aspects of Iranian civilization. 

Education

1993

Undergraduate studies in Iranian Languages, Orientalistics, History of Religions, Turkish, Arabic Literature and Islamic Studies at Uppsala University and Stockholm University, Sweden.

1996

B.A., Iranian Languages. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Title: The Doctrinal Relationship between Sufism and Shiism. Supervisor: Professor Bo Utas.

Postgraduate studies in Iranian Languages, Elementary Arabic, Turkish Area Studies and Theory and Method. 

2002

PhD, Iranian languages. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Title: Deciphering the Meaning of Revealed Law. The Surushian Paradigm in Shii Epistemology. Supervisor: Professor Bo Utas. (Re-published at Routledge with the title Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity. Legal Philosophy in Contemporary Iran.)

Professional experience

2000–2002

Research Student at the PhD program. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2003–2004

Post-doctoral Researcher in Persian Literature. Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Tehran, Iran.

Scholarship from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), Stockholm, Sweden.

2006–2009

Post-doctoral Researcher in Persian Literature. The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden. (with granted extension of  two years)

2009

Lecturer in Persian. Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway. Spring semester.

2009–2012

Associate Professor in Persian. Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway. (temporary position)

2012

Post-doctoral Researcher in Persian Literature. The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden.

2013-

Lecturer in Persian. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Awards and scholarships

1999

Two-year Scholarship for PhD Students. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2001

Larger Scholarship. The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul, Stockholm, Sweden. Research on Persian manuscripts at the Süleimaniyeh Library, Istanbul, Turkey. Initiator and coordinator of a course in Oriental Paleography at the Institute.

2002

The Global Village Lecture Award. The Children of Abraham Foundation for religious and cultural co-existence, Stockholm, Sweden. 

2003

Post-doctoral Scholarship. The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), Stockholm, Sweden. Research on Fakhr al-din Araqi’s prose works at the University of Tehran and Malek Library, Iran.

2004 

Beskow Award. The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden.

Publications

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