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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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Delegation from the National Library of Israel
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18/09/2019
On September 11, 2019, a delegation of the representatives of the National Library of Israel headed by the board chairman David Blumberg visited the IOM RAS.
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Award Ceremony for Participants of the Soviet-Yemeni Multidisciplinary Expedition
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09/08/2019
On 11 June 2019, the Council Hall of the State Hermitage was the setting for the presentation of awards expressing gratitude to participants of the Soviet-Yemeni Multidisciplinary Expedition.
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Memorandum of cooperation between the IOM RAS and the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts
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22/06/2019
On June 11, 2019 a memorandum of mutual collaboration was signed between the IOM RAS and the Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts (formerly the Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Centre of Manuscripts) of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
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Awards of N.V. Kozyreva and V.V. Shchepkin
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20/06/2019
The IOM researchers Dr N. V. Kozyreva and Dr. V. V. Shchepkin are among the winners of the 2019 St. Petersburg Government awards for the outstanding academic results in the field of sciences and technology.
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Joint Russian-Iraqi expedition
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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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Conference "Far East: Traditions and Modernity'
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19/09/2019
On September 25, 2019, Academic conference "Far East: raditions and Modernity" will be held at the IOM RAS.
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The Eighth St. Petersburg Tibetological Seminar
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08/09/2019
On September 10, 2019, at the IOM RAS the Eighth St. Petersburg Tibetological Seminar dedicated to 240th Birth Anniversary of Isaac Jacob Schmidt (1779-1847) will be held.
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International Conference in memory of W.A.Ivanow (information letter)
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30/07/2019
On October 10–11, 2019, the International Conference The Intellectual Traditions of Ismailis and Sufis. In a memory of W. A. Ivanow (1886–1970) will be held by the IOM RAS in cooperation with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
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Workshop “Academic Islamic Studies in the Russian Federation: Current State and Perspectives”
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27/06/2019
On June 27, 2019, the International Workshop “Academic Islamic Studies in the Russian Federation: Current State and Perspectives” will be held at the IOM RAS.
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Current Issues of Buddhological Studies - 8
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22/06/2019
On June 26, 2019, at the IOM RAS the eighth St. Petersburg Conference Issues of Buddhological Studies will be held in the IOM RAS.
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Paper: About an Early Attempt to Translate the Tengyur from Tibetan to Mongolian
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05/09/2019
A new paper is added: Uspensky V. About an Early Attempt to Translate the Tengyur from Tibetan to Mongolian // Rocznik orientalistyczny. T. LXVIII, Z. 2, 2015. S. 206—212. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: The Status of Tibet In the Seventeenth – Early Eighteenth Centuries: A Mongolian Perspective
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05/09/2019
A new paper is added: Uspensky V. The Status of Tibet In the Seventeenth – Early Eighteenth Centuries: A Mongolian Perspective // Rocznik orientalistyczny. T. LXVII, Z. 1, 2014. S. 230—237. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Rivalry of the Descendants of Chinggis Khan and His Brother Khasar as a Factor in Mongolian History
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05/09/2019
A new paper is added: Uspensky V. Rivalry of the Descendants of Chinggis Khan and His Brother Khasar as a Factor in Mongolian History // Rocznik orientalistyczny. T. LXV, Z. 1, 2012. S. 231—235. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: About an Attempt to Use the Cyrillic Alphabet for the Mongolian Language
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04/09/2019
A new paper is added: Uspensky V. About an Attempt to Use the Cyrillic Alphabet for the Mongolian Language // Rocznik orientalistyczny. T. LXXI, Z. 2, 2018. S. 249—258. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: [Review:] The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China...
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04/09/2019
A new paper is added: Uspensky V. [Review:] Peter Schwieger. The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation // The Eastern Buddhist. New Series. Vol. 46, No. 2, 2015. P. 131—138. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Monograph: The Catalogue of Texts of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon Kept at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Vol. 2: Indexes
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18/07/2019
A new monograph is added: Zorin A.V., Mitruev B.L., Sabrukova S.S., Sizova A.A. The Catalogue of Texts of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon Kept at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Vol. 2: Indexes [Каталог сочинений тибетского буддийского канона из собрания ИВР РАН. Вып. 2: Индексы]. Ed. by A.V.Zorin. Photos by A.A.Sizova. St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers 2019. 952 p. ISBN 978-5-85803-520-6 (Вып. 2) The summary is published as a *.PDF file.
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WMO 16/1 & 2 (36 & 37), 2019
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28/06/2019
The information on the two new issues, Vol. 16, Nos. 1 (36) & 2 (37) 2019, of Written Monuments of the Orient is added.
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