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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), 1818, 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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Joint Russian-Iraqi expedition
Events
06/04/2019
Scholars from the Institute of Archeology and Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will perform fieldwork in two Iraqi provinces in southern Mesopotamia on April 5-11, 2019.
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International Forum ‘Russia and the Orient’
Events
20/02/2019
On November 27-29, 2018, the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Asiatic Museum ‒ the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences took place in St. Petersburg.
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Dr. P.L.Grokhovsky has died
Events
20/12/2018
On December 17, 2018, Head of the Department of Mongolian and Tibetan studies of the St. Petersburg State University, Dr. Pavel L. Grokhovsky died unexpectedly at the age of 46.
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Prof. I.F.Popova received the State Award of Merit of the Republic of Tatarstan
Events
01/12/2018
On November 27, 2018, the IOM Director Prof. I. F. Popova received the State Award of Merit of the Republic of Tatarstan.
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Film about the IOM RAS by Ilia Stogoff (short version)
Events
26/11/2018
A film about the IOM RAS was shot by Ilia Stogoff, St. Petersburg, for the 200th anniversary of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (Asiatic Museum) of the Russian Academy of Studies. A short version can be viewed.
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Meeting of the Academic Council - April 15, 2019
Announcements
10/04/2019
On April 15, 2019, at the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS, senior researcher N.S. Yakhontova will submit her lecture Some texts from O.M. Kovalevsky's library identified in the Mongolian Collection of the IOM. 
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41st annual session of St Petersburg Arabists (Program)
Announcements
06/04/2019
On April 8-10, 2019, the 41st annual session of St. Petersburg Arabists will be held in the IOM RAS.
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Academic Conference In Memory of Prof. V.A. Jacobson
Announcements
29/03/2019
On March 18-19, 2019, Academic conference "Society and Culture of the Ancient East " in memory of V.A. Jacobson (26.10.1930 — 05.03.2015) will be held at the IOM RAS.
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Travels to the East 2018
Announcements
27/03/2019
On March 27, 2019, at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, the Eleventh Scholarly and Practical Conference Travels to the East 2018, will be held.
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Discussion of The Catalogue of Texts of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon Kept at the IOM RAS. Vol. 2
Announcements
22/03/2019
At the IOM Department of the Manuscripts and Documents, The Catalogue of Texts of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon Kept at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Vol. 2: Indexes, by A.V.Zorin (chief editor), B.L.Mitruev, S.S.Sabrukova, A.A.Sizova, will be discussed.
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WMO 15/4 (35), 2018
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18/04/2019
The information on the new issue, Vol. 15, No. 4 (35) 2018, of Written Monuments of the Orient is added.
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Paper: [Review:] Mandschurische Handschriften und Drucke im Bestand der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
What's new
17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Pang T.A. [Review:] Mandschurische Handschriften und Drucke im Bestand der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Bearbeitet von Hartmut Walravens. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014. 560 S. // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(2), 2015. P. 114—117. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] Eine buddhistische Kritik der indischen Gotter
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17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Zorin A.V. [Review:] Schneider J. Eine buddhistische Kritik der indischen Gotter. Śaṅkarasvāmins Devātiśayastotra mit Prajnāvarmans Kommentar. Wien: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, 2014. (Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde) // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(2), 2015. P. 111—113. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] Fond etnograficheskogo otdela Russkogo muzeia po kul’ture narodov zarubezhnogo Vostoka
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17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Shearer D.R. [Review:] Dmitriev S.V. Fond etnograficheskogo otdela Russkogo muzeia po kul’ture narodov zarubezhnogo Vostoka: Istoriia formirovaniia i sud'ba (1901–1930-e gg.). St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg State University, 2012 // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(2), 2015. P. 108–110. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] “Novye zakony” tangutskogo gosudarstva
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17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Nie Hongyin. [Review:] “Novye zakony” tangutskogo gosudarstva (pervaia chetvert’ XIII veka). Izdanie teksta i perevod s tangutskogo, vvedenie i kommentarij E.I. Kychanova [“New Laws” of the Tangut State (the first half of the 13th century). Publication of the text and translation from the Tangut language, introduction and commentary by E.I. Kychanov] // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1, 2015. P. 116–118. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] Etiudy o liudiah nauki
What's new
17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Ostrovskaya H. [Review:] Oldenburg S.F. Etiudy o liudiah nauki [Sketches of men of science] // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1, 2015. P. 110–116. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] The Secret History of the Mongols. A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century
What's new
17/04/2019
A new paper is added: Yakhontova N. [Review:] The Secret History of the Mongols. A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century. Translated with a Historical and Philological Commentary by Igor de Rachewiltz. Volume 3 (Supplement) // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1, 2015. P. 108–110. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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