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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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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 was celebrated.
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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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PhD Dissertation Defence for E.Bushuev
Events
02/07/2018
On June 29, 2018 the PhD Dissertation by Evgeniy Bushuev was successfully defended.
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The Far Eastern Studies Seminar - presentation by R.N.Krapivina
Announcements
09/03/2019
On March 20, 2019, at the Far Eastern Studies Seminar organized by the Department of Far Eastern Studies of the IOM RAS, R.N. Krapivina will submit her presentation Along the Buddhist Shrines of Nepal (2018): Places and People
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4th Academic Conference of Young St. Petersburg Orientalists
Announcements
03/03/2019
On March 6-7, 2019 the 4th Conference of Young St. Petersburg Orientalists "China and Its Neighbors" will be held at the IOM RAS.
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Meeting of the Academic Council - March 4, 2019
Announcements
28/02/2019
On March 4, 2019, at the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS, senior researcher Dr. K.G. Maranjian will submit her lecture New Acquisition in the Japanese Collection. 
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Current Issues of Buddhological Studies - 7
Announcements
25/02/2019
On February 25, 2018, at the IOM RAS the seventh St. Petersburg Conference Issues of Buddhological Studies will be held in the IOM RAS.
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First International Conference Oriental Manuscripts: Codicology and Conservation Issues
Announcements
19/02/2019
On December 4‒6, 2019, the first international conference ‘Oriental Manuscripts: Codicology and Conservation Issues’ will be held at the IOM, RAS.
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Monograph: Tract on the calligraphers and painters
What's new
05/03/2019
A new monograph is added: Qazi Ahmad b. Husayn al-Husayni al-Qumi. Tract on the calligraphers and painters [Кази Ахмад б. Хусайн ал-Хусайни Куми. Трактат о каллиграфах и художниках]. Tr. from Persian, with appendices and notes by O. F. Akimushkin. Ed. by B. V. Norik. Moscow: Sadra Publishers 2016. 486 p. [Klassika vostokovedeniya]. ISBN 978-5-906859-94-5. 'Annotation', 'Summary' are published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: On the Numbering of Quires in the Christian Sogdian and Syriac Manuscript Fragments in the Turfan Collection (Berlin) and the Krotkov Collection (St. Petersburg)
What's new
05/03/2019
A new paper is added: Barbati Ch. On the Numbering of Quires in the Christian Sogdian and Syriac Manuscript Fragments in the Turfan Collection (Berlin) and the Krotkov Collection (St. Petersburg) // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 92—133. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: ‘Like a Virgin’: A Sogdian Recipe for Restoring Virginity and the Sanskrit Background of Sogdian Medicine
What's new
05/03/2019
A new paper is added: Reck Ch., Benkato A. ‘Like a Virgin’: A Sogdian Recipe for Restoring Virginity and the Sanskrit Background of Sogdian Medicine // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 67—91. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Short Survey on Sogdian Manuscriptology
What's new
05/03/2019
A new paper is added: Reck Ch. Short Survey on Sogdian Manuscriptology // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 51—66. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Middle Iranian Manichaean Manuscripts. Interpretation and Identification
What's new
05/03/2019
A new paper is added: Chunakova O. Middle Iranian Manichaean Manuscripts. Interpretation and Identification // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 39—50. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Some Сodicological Remarks on the Сorpus of the Berlin Turfan Manichaean Sogdian Manuscripts in Manichaean Script: among Books, Glossaries, Letters, Booklets, Bilingual and Trilingual Texts, Normal, Bold and Cursive Script
What's new
05/03/2019
A new paper is added: Morano E. Some Сodicological Remarks on the Сorpus of the Berlin Turfan Manichaean Sogdian Manuscripts in Manichaean Script: among Books, Glossaries, Letters, Booklets, Bilingual and Trilingual Texts, Normal, Bold and Cursive Script // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2(8) 2018. P. 11—38. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: One of the First Samples of Cursive Tibetan in European Collections
What's new
01/03/2019
A new paper is added: Zorin A. One of the First Samples of Cursive Tibetan in European Collections // Journal of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. Volume 2, No. 1—2. Xi’an; Boston: Boston Bilingual Media & Publishing Inc., 2018. P. 65—74. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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