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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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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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International Forum ‘Russia and the Orient’
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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
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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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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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The Near Eastern Seminar - presentation by A.D. Knysh
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20/06/2019
On June 24, 2019, at the Near Eastern Seminar organized by the Section of Near Eastern Studies, IOM RAS, Prof of the University of Michigan A.D. Knysh  will submit his presentation Sufism and Quran: Evolution of Sufi Exegesis.
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Meeting of the Academic Council - June 3, 2019
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29/05/2019
On June 3, 2019, the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS dedicated to the 90th anniversary of birth of O.G. Bolshakov will take place at the IOM RAS. 
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Seminar in memory of A.A.Freiman 2019
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29/05/2019
On May 29, 2019, the Annual Seminar in memory of A. A. Freiman, on Iranian studies, will be held.
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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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Paper: Collection of Manuscripts and Xylographs in the State Archive of the Republic of Tatarstan
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Turanskaya A.A., Yakhontova N.S., Nosov D.A. Collection of Manuscripts and Xylographs in the State Archive of the Republic of Tatarstan // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 96–123. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: The Imperial Patent of the Kangxi Period in the Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Pang T.A. The Imperial Patent of the Kangxi Period in the Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 88–95. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Who Conquered Spain? The Role of the Berbers in the Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Stepanova A.V. Who Conquered Spain? The Role of the Berbers in the Conquest of the Iberian Peninsula // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 78–87. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: The Concept of Dravya in Yogācāra and Vaiśeṣika: a Comparative Philosophical Analysis
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Burmistrov S.L. The Concept of Dravya in Yogācāra and Vaiśeṣika: a Comparative Philosophical Analysis // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 55–77. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: A Newly Identified Kuchean Fragment of the Hariścandrāvadāna Housed in the Russian Collection
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Ogihara Hirotoshi. A Newly Identified Kuchean Fragment of the Hariścandrāvadāna Housed in the Russian Collection // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 35–54. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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