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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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Dr. V.Polosin has died
Events
18/11/2014
On November 14, 2014, one of the eldest IOM researchers, en expert in Arabic manuscripts Dr. V.V. Polosin died unexpectedly at the age of 75.
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Dr. S.Klyashtornyj has died
Events
22/09/2014
On September 21, 2014, Prof. Dr. Serguei G. Klyashtornyj, the eminent Russian Turcologist, has died after an extended illness. 
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Princeton Conference on Dunhuang Manuscripts
Events
21/09/2014
On September 6-8, 2014, at the Princeton University the International Conference Prospects for the Study of Dunhuang Manuscripts: The Next 20 Years was held.
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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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Iranological Conference In Memory of Dr. O.F.Akimushkin
Announcements
14/02/2015
On February 18, 2015, at the IOM RAS, the Iranological Conference In Memory of Prof. Dr. Oleg F. Akimushkin (philosophy, religion, history and culture) will be held.
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Conference "Turko-Monol World: Past and Present"
Announcements
14/02/2015
On 16-17 February, 2015, at the IOM RAS the conference Turko-Monol World: Past and Present dedicated to the memory of Prof. Dr. S.G. Klyashtorny (1928-2014) will be held.
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Discussion of monograph by Dr. V.Shchepkin
Announcements
09/02/2015
At the Department of Far Eastern Studies, the monograph by Dr. V.. Shchepkin "The North Wind". Part 1. What They Knew about Russia in Japan in the 18th Century will be discussed.
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Seminar of the Section of South Asian Studies - meeting in memory of Dr. V.Rudoi
Announcements
08/02/2015
On February 11, 2015, the meeting of the Open Theoretical Seminar of the Section of South Asian Studies of the IOM RAS will be dedicated to the 75th Birth Anniversary of Prof. Dr. V.I. Rudoi (1940-2009).
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Seminar "Oriental Texts: Historical and Philological Approach" - workshop by Dr. A.Guryeva
Announcements
05/02/2015
On February 18, 2015, the workshop by Dr. A.A. Guryeva, The Korean Manuscripts and Old Printed Books as a Source on Culture of Korea (Based on the St. Petersburg Collections) will be held as a part of the IOM Methodological Seminar.
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Monograph: Mongolica-XIII
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28/02/2015
A new monograph is added: Mongolica-XIII / Editorial Board: I.V.Kulganek (editor-in-chief), L.G.Skorodumova, T.D.Skrynnikova, K.V.Orlova, N.S.Yakhontova. St Petersburg, 2014. 104 p. The entire issue is published as a *.PDF file.
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WMO 1(1): Reviews
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24/02/2015
The reviews published in the Journal Written Monuments of the Orient, no. 1(1) 2015 are available as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: New Acquisition of the Japanese Manuscript and Wood-block Printed Books Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS
What's new
22/02/2015
A new paper is added: Marandjian K. New Acquisition of the Japanese Manuscript and Wood-block Printed Books Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 98–107. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Omens in Celestial Phenomena. On a Manchu Manuscript
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22/02/2015
A new paper is added: Walravens H. Omens in Celestial Phenomena. On a Manchu Manuscript // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 87–97. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: A Manchu-Mongolian Diploma Given to the Wife of a Mongolian Nobleman
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22/02/2015
A new paper is added: Pang T. A Manchu-Mongolian Diploma Given to the Wife of a Mongolian Nobleman // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 78–86. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: The First Mongolian Manuscript in Germany Reconsidered
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22/02/2015
A new paper is added: Alekseev K., Turanskaya A., Yampolskaya N. The First Mongolian Manuscript in Germany Reconsidered // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 67–77. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Tangut Documents from Khara-Khoto concerning Loans of Grain
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22/02/2015
A new paper is added: Kychanov E. Tangut Documents from Khara-Khoto concerning Loans of Grain (Translated and Edited by Kirill Solonin) // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 57–66. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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