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Scholar asks Iranian government to execute Richard N. Frye’s will
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The Persian literature scholar Ali Dehbashi in an undated photo
The Persian literature scholar Ali Dehbashi in an undated photo
TEHRAN -- A Persian literature scholar has called upon the Iranian government to execute the late American Orientalist Richard N. Frye’s will calling for his burial in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
“The former president agreed to the transfer and burial of Frye in Isfahan and I think President (Hassan) Rouhani should honor it,” Ali Dehbashi, who is the managing director of the Persian literary magazine Bokhara, told the Persian service of ISNA on Tuesday.
“His burial in Iran is a symbolic act and it is significant for us that an American scholar has selected Iran for his eternal resting place,” he added.
Dehbashi said that the time Frye spent in Tajikistan was very longer than the period he lived in Iran and added, “Howevr, he chose Iran for his burial place and this presents a very rare opportunity for our foreign policy system.”
According to Dehbashi, Tajik officials are willing to transfer Frye’s body to their country, in case of Iran’s refusal to execute Frye’s will, allowing them to take advantage of this opportunity.
No comment has been made by Iranian officials as yet. 
Frye, a professor emeritus of Iranian studies at Harvard University, died in Boston on March 27 at the age of 94.
In his last will and testament, Frye had expressed his wish to be buried next to the Zayanderud River in Isfahan. This request was approved by former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in September 2007. The American orientalists Arthur Pope and Phyllis Ackerman have already been buried there. 
In addition, Ahmadinejad donated a house in Isfahan to Frye in 2007. The house was to be converted into a museum after the death of the professor.
Frye’s body is currently in a mortuary in Boston.

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