|Tajik official denies reports on request to bury Frye in Tajikistan||
TEHRAN – A Tajik official has denied reports on Tajikistan’s request for the burial of the late American Orientalist Richard N. Frye in the country.
“If Tajik officials had made such a request, we would have been informed first,” Muzaffar Azizov, the Director of the Historical Heritage Department at Tajikistan Culture Ministry told the Persian service of IRNA in Dushanbe on Wednesday.
He added that they had only read in Iran’s press that Frye had expressed his wish to be buried next to the Zayanderud River in the central Iranian city of Isfahan.
Over the past few days, several Persian media reported that Tajik officials are willing to transfer Frye’s body to their country, in case of Iran’s refusal to execute his will.
Iran’s Center for the Great Islamic Encyclopedia has announced its readiness to hold the funeral ceremony of Frye in Isfahan and also to construct a mausoleum for him.
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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