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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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14th International Conference of the International Syriac Language Project (photos)
Events
14/07/2014
From 29 June to 4 July 2014, the 14th International Conference of the International Syriac Language Project on Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages was held at the IOM RAS.
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Visit of the delegation of Shaanxi Institute of Education
Events
11/07/2014
On Jule 1, 2014, the delegation of Shaanxi Institute of Education, Xi'an, China, headed by its Rector, Prof. Gan Hui, visited the IOM RAS.
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The Performance lecture "The Tranny Tease"
Events
11/07/2014
On June 29 and July 1, 2014, the Performance lecture The Tranny Tease by the Slavs and Tatars group was held at the IOM as a part of Manifesta 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.
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108 Buddhist Icons Kept at the IOM is one of the winners of the Best Books of the Year Competition
Events
16/06/2014
On June 5, 2014, the results of the Best Books of the Year competition organized by the National Association of Russian Publishers were announced.
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Defence of the PhD Dissertation by M.Soloshcheva
Events
22/05/2014
On May 21, 2014, the PhD Dissertation by M.A. Soloshcheva The Qing Empire Policy Towards Tibet during the Reign of the Yongzheng Emperor (1723-1735) was successfully defended.
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Lecture by Dr. J.P.Dessel (attention: the theme was changed)
Announcements
11/07/2014
On August 6, 2014, Prof. Dr. J.P. Dessel, University of Michigan, will read a lecture The Rise and Fall of Tell Tayinat-Kunulua; Statuary and State Formation in the ‘Amuq Plain, Turkey at the IOM RAS.
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14th International Conference of the International Syriac Language Project (program)
Announcements
24/06/2014
From 29 June to 4 July 2014, the 14th International Conference of the International Syriac Language Project on Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages will be held at the IOM RAS.
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Lecture by Dr. F.Robin
Announcements
18/06/2014
On June 25, 2014, at the Department of Central Asian and South Asian Studies, Dr. Francoise Robin, INALCO, Paris, will read a lecture The Social Role of Poetry in Tibet.
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Discussion of the monograph by Dr. O.Chunakova
Announcements
17/06/2014
At the Department of Middle and Near Eastern Studies, the monograph by Dr. O. Chunakova The Manichaean Middle Persian Language. A Survey of Grammar will be discussed.
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Meeting of the Council of Young Scholars - presentation by M.Fionin
Announcements
12/06/2014

On June 16, 2014, at the meeting of the Council of Young Scholars at the IOM RAS, M.V. Fionin will submit his presentation The Historical Background On the Eve of the Visit of Gregory IV to St Petersburg to the Celebrations of the 300th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty.

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Paper: The Islamic Studies Department of Petrograd State University
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11/07/2014
A new paper is added: Bekkin R. The Islamic Studies Department of Petrograd State University (One Little Known Page of A.Ė.Schmidt's Biography) // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 20. No. 1. June 2014. P. 59—67. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Monograph: Mongolica-XI
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16/06/2014
A new monograph is added: Mongolica-XI / Editorial Board: I.V.Kulganek (editor-in-chief), L.G.Skorodumova, T.D.Skrynnikova, K.V.Orlova, N.S.Yakhontova. St Petersburg, 2013. 104 p. The entire book is published as a *.PDF file.
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Personalia: Yampolskaya N.V.
What's new
25/05/2014
The biographic data are added.
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Monograph: Russian Scholars on Ismailism
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24/05/2014
A new monograph is added: Russian Scholars on Ismailism / Ed. by Stanislav Prozorov, Hakim Elnazarov. St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Philology; Nestor-Historia Publishers 2014. 312 p., ill. 'Contents', 'The Institute of Ismaili Studies', 'Introduction' are published as a *.PDF file.
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Personalia: Takata Tokio — renewal
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24/05/2014
The list of publications is updated.
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Monograph: Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century — renewal
What's new
11/05/2014
The page with monograph updated: Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century [Российские экспедиции в Центральную Азию в конце XIX — начале XX века]. Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. 244 p., ill. The entire book is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Russian Expeditions and the Chinese Authorities in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries
What's new
11/05/2014
A new paper is added: Rong Xin-jiang. Russian Expeditions and the Chinese Authorities in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 219-227. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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