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In November 1818, the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) decided to buy a collection of 700 Muslim manuscripts from the French consul in Aleppo and Tripoli, J.L. Rousseau, a relative of the famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The project which was later fulfilled in two steps, in 1819 and 1825, and which cost FF51,000, led to the formation of a new department within the RAS - the Asiatic Museum (AM) which later was transformed into the Institute of Oriental Studies (IOS). On November 15 (27), 1918, the RAS's President, count Sergey Uvarov applied to the Board of Academy with a letter where he suggested that a special cabinet for Eastern medals, manuscripts and books to be kept should be granted. Thus, the AM was formed and this new division of the Academy "was opened for all the people interested in the study of its materials".
A year later, in November 1819, the first director of the AM, academician C.-M. von Frähn published the annual report of the AM in the newspaper St Petersburg News (Sankt-Peterburgskie vedomosti). In 1849, the AM began issuing the magazine Asiatic notes (Mélanges Asiatiques) in French. »»»»»


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Public Lectures at the IOM RAS: A.G. Grushevoy - March 29, 2017
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05/05/2017
On March 29, 2017, Dr. Alexander G. Grushevoy continued the course of public lectures at the IOM RAS with the presentation Manuscripts of the Judean Desert in the period of the Jews' Great Revolt against Rome.
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Public Lectures at the IOM RAS: A.E. Terekhov - February 8, 2017
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02/05/2017
On February 8, 2017, Anton E. Terekhov continued the course of public lectures at the IOM RAS with the presentation Dragon Images in Chinese Culture.
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Public Lectures at the IOM RAS: I.F. Popova - February 6, 2017
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02/05/2017
On February 6, 2017, Dr. Irina F. Popova continued the course of public lectures at the IOM RAS with the presentation The Genesis of Sinology in St. Petersburg.
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Public Lectures at the IOM RAS: T.A. Pang - February 1, 2017
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27/04/2017
On February 1, 2017, Dr. Tatiana A. Pang continued the course of public lectures at the IOM RAS with the presentation Glorifying Military Victories during the Qing Empire in China.
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Visit of the delegation of Kazan Federal University
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13/04/2017
On April 12, 2017, the delegation of Kazan Federal University headed by its Rector, Prof. I.R. Gafurov, visited the IOM RAS.
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Current Issues of Buddhological Studies - 3
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08/06/2017
On June 14, 2017, at the IOM RAS the third St. Petersburg Conference Current Issues of Buddhological Studies will be held in the IOM RAS.
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International academic conference "The Turko-Mongol World: History and Culture"
Announcements
05/06/2017
On February 15–16, 2018, the international academic conference "The Turko-Mongol World: History and Culture" in memoriam of S. G. Klyashtorny (1928–2014), will be held.
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International conference dedicated to the memory of K.N.Yuzbashyan (information letter)
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23/05/2017
On September 25–26, 2017, the International conference Armenia and the Middle East: Written Heritage from Manuscripts to the Internet dedicated to the memory of Karen N. Yuzbashyan (1927–2009) will be held in St. Petersburg.
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The 38th Seminar in Memory of G.A. Zograph
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16/05/2017
On May 16-19, 2017, the 38th Seminar in Memory of G.A. Zograph will be held in St. Petersburg.
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The Far Eastern Studies Seminar - presentation by T.I. Vinogradova
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12/05/2017
On March 17, 2017, at the Far Eastern Studies Seminar organized by the Department of Far Eastern Studies of the IOM RAS,  T.I. Vinogradova will submit her presentation After Alekseev: Analysis and Publication of Chinese Folk Pictures by V.M. Alekseev. Dedicated to the 90th Birth Anniversary of Maria Leonidovna Rudova.
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Personalia: Fionin Ma.Vl.
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15/06/2017
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Paper: Tibetan Buddhist Texts Acquired by the Russian Academy of Sciences during the 18th Century
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09/06/2017
A new paper is added: Zorin A. Tibetan Buddhist Texts Acquired by the Russian Academy of Sciences during the 18th Century // Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies. Vol. XIX. Tokyo: ICPBS, 2015. P. 184—142. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Monograph: Mongolica-XVIII
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20/05/2017
A new monograph is added: Mongolica-XVIII / Ed. by I.V.Kulganek et al. St Petersburg, 2017. 106 p. ISSN 2311-5939. The entire issue is published as a *.PDF file.
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Seminar in memory of A.A.Freiman 2017
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19/05/2017
On May 24, 2017, the Annual Seminar in memory of A. A. Freiman, on Iranian studies, will be held.
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WMO 14/1 (28), 2017
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17/05/2017
The information on the new issue, Vol. 14, No. 1 (28) 2017, of Written Monuments of the Orient is added.
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Personalia: Turanskaya A.A.
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14/04/2017
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Paper: Birth of Uyghur National History in Semirech'ye
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09/04/2017
A new paper is added: Kamalov A. Birth of Uyghur National History in Semirech'ye. Näzärγoja Abdusemätov and His Historical Works // Oriеnte Moderno. No. 96. 2016. P. 181—196. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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