Ashk Dahlén

Swedish-Iranian linguist and translator
Ashk Dahlén
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Ashk Dahlén in 2011
Ashk Barjesteh Nia

(1972-06-03) 3 June 1972 (age 50)
Tafresh, Iran
Alma materUppsala University (BA 1997, PhD 2002)
SpouseMana Aghaee
AwardsBeskow Award Children of Abraham Award
Scientific career
FieldsPersian language

Persian literature Iranian history Iranian religions

InstitutionsUppsala University

Stockholm University University of Oslo

Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities
Doctoral advisorBo Utas
InfluencesBo Utas

Geo Widengren

H. S. Nyberg

Ashk Peter Dahlén (born 3 June 1972 in Tafresh, Iran) is a Swedish-Iranian scholar, linguist, Iranologist, Associate Professor (docent) in Persian language at Uppsala University and translator of classical Persian literature. He is quadrilingual in Swedish, Persian, English, and French. He has published extensively in journals, and has written several books.


Ashk Dahlén was adopted at 7 months of age by a Swedish couple after having been living at an orphanage in Narmak. His life story provided inspiration, though fictional, for the IRIB3 Television drama series The Green Journey (سفر سبز, 2002) directed by Mohammad Hossein Latifi, in which the main character, a young adoptee played by Parsa Pirouzfar, travels to Iran in search for his birth parents.[1][2]


Ashk Dahlén currently acts as Associate Professor (docent) in Iranian languages at Uppsala University.[3] His thesis Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity has been published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. In 2003 he was recognized with the Beskow Award by The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities for the best dissertation in humanities.

Ashk Dahlén is the author of several academic studies on Persian literature, Iranian cultural history, Zoroastrianism, and Sufism.[4] He has published translations of classical Persian authors, such as Rumi, Hafez, Nizami Aruzi, and Araqi, in Swedish.[5][6]

Ashk Dahlén is a member of the Research Collegium of the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul,[7] The Iranian Academy of Philosophy, and the Nathan Söderblom Society. He is the Founding President of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies.[8]

Selected work in English

  • Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity: Legal Philosophy in Contemporary Iran, New York, 2003.
  • Transcendent Hermeneutics of Supreme Love : Rumi's Concept of Mystical "Appropriation", Orientalia Suecana, Uppsala, 2003.
  • The Holy Fool in Medieval Islam: The Qalandariyat of Fakhr al-din Arāqi, Orientalia Suecana, Uppsala, 2004.
  • Sirat al-mustaqim: One or Many? Religious Pluralism Among Muslim Intellectuals in Iran, The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought, ed. I. Abu-Rabi, Oxford, 2006.
  • The Hermeneutics of Post-modern Islam: The Case of ‘Abdol-Karim Sorush, Religious Texts in Iranian Languages, red. F. Vahman och C. V. Pedersen, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen, 2007.
  • Female Sufi Saints and Disciples: Women in the life of Jalāl al-din Rumi, Orientalia Suecana, vol. 57, Uppsala, 2008.
  • Sufi Islam, The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations, ed. P. B. Clarke & Peter Beyer, New York, 2009.
  • Kingship and Religion in a Mediaeval Fürstenspiegel: The Case of the Chahār Maqāla of Nizāmi Aruzi, Orientalia Suecana, vol. 58, Uppsala, 2009.
  • He addressed the Kayānian king: “I am a prophet!”: The Image of Zoroaster in the Dāstān-e Goshtāsp (Tale of Goshtāsp), Orientalia Suecana, Uppsala, 2012.
  • Thematic Features in Iranian National History Writings: The Case of the Dāstān-e Goshtāsp (Tale of Goshtāsp), International Shāhnāme Conference. The Second Milliennium: Conference Volume, ed. F. Hashabeiky, Uppsala, 2014.
  • Literary Interest in Zoroastrianism in Tenth-Century Iran: The Case of Daqiqi's Account of Goshtāsp and Zarathustra in the Shāhnāmeh, The Zoroastrian Flame: Exploring Religion, History and Tradition, ed. A. Williams, S. Stewart & A. Hintze, London, 2016.
  • Living the Iranian dolce vita: Herodotus on wine drinking and luxury among the Persians, Achaemenid Anatolia: Persian Presence and Impact in the Western Satrapies 546–330 BC, ed. Ashk P. Dahlén, Uppsala, 2020.

Textbooks (in Swedish)

  • Modern persisk grammatik (Modern Persian Grammar), Stockholm, 3rd edition 2017 (2010, 2014), 456 p.
  • Persiska för nybörjare (Persian for Beginners), Stockholm, 2nd edition 2016 (2012), 420 p.

See also

  • Biography portal


  1. ^ "رویای دیدار مادر: دکتر سوئدی برای یافتن خانواده ایرانی خود به تهران آمد". Iran Newspaper. IRNA. 8 November 1999. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  2. ^ "IRIB TV3: Safar-e Sabz". IRIB TV3. Archived from the original on November 4, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Biography". Uppsala University.
  4. ^ Ruborg, Monika (27 June 2006). "Han gav svenska ord åt 700-årig klassiker" (PDF) (in Swedish). Mitti. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  5. ^ ""Iranology Is a Global Phenomenon," Believes Ashk Dahlén". AVAdiplomatic. September 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Till den erotiskt laddade lyrikens lov" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. February 13, 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  7. ^ ""Collegium"". The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul. 4 December 2017. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ ""1st Triennial Conference of the Scandinavian Society for Iranian Studies"". University of Oslo. 10 July 2012.

External links

  • Ashk Dahlén - Official Website (in English)
  • Ashk Dahlén - Uppsala University (in English)
  • Interview with Ashk Dahlén - IntellectInterviews (in English)
  • Ravānshād, Elāhe (29 October 2011). "Dāstān-e zendegi-ye yek su'edi" (in Persian). Radio Farda. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  • Luthersson, Peter (18 July 2016). "Om Nizami Aruzi med Ashk Dahlén" (in Swedish). Axess TV. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
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