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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
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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’
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 - May 22, 2019
Announcements
17/05/2019
On May 22, 2019, at the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS, V.V. Shchepkin will submit his lecture New Sources about the History of the Southern Kuril Islands in the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century.
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Russian-Chinese Workshop - Sogdology in Russia and China
Announcements
17/05/2019
On May 20, 2019, the 1st Russian-Chinese Workshop Sogdology in Russia and China will be held in the IOM RAS.
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Discussion of monograph by A.G. Grushevoy
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10/05/2019
At the IOM RAS Department of Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies, the monograph by A.G. Grushevoy The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society under auspices of A.A. Dmitrievsky in 1907-1917 will be discussed.
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The 40th Seminar in Memory of G.A. Zograph
Announcements
10/05/2019
On May 14-17, 2019, the 40th Seminar in Memory of G.A. Zograph will be held in St. Petersburg.
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Meeting of the Council of Young Scholars - presentation by O. Lundysheva
Announcements
22/04/2019
On April 26, 2019, at the meeting of the Council of Young Scholars at the IOM RAS, O. Lundysheva will read a lecture Paleography of the Manuscripts in North Turkestan Brāhmī.
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Paper: Symbolism of sovereignty in the context of the Dzungar campaigns of the Qianlong emperor
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Walravens H. Symbolism of sovereignty in the context of the Dzungar campaigns of the Qianlong emperor // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 73—90. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Fragments of Tibetan Texts Refound at the Dunhuang Collection Kept at the IOM, RAS: Eleven Identified Fragments of Buddhist Canonical Texts
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Zorin A. Fragments of Tibetan Texts Refound at the Dunhuang Collection Kept at the IOM, RAS: Eleven Identified Fragments of Buddhist Canonical Texts // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 49—72. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: An Embryonic Saint. Interpretation of an Old Uighur Fragment in the Serindia Collection at the IOM, RAS
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Zieme P. An Embryonic Saint. Interpretation of an Old Uighur Fragment in the Serindia Collection at the IOM, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 40—48. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Sogdian letter fragments in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, St. Petersburg
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Benkato A. Sogdian letter fragments in the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, St. Petersburg // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 26—39. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: A forgotten Manichaean Sogdian bifolio in Sogdian script
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Chunakova O., Dragoni F., Morano E. A forgotten Manichaean Sogdian bifolio in Sogdian script // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 3—25. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: Hebrew Palaeotypes in the Collection of the St. Petersburg IOM, RAS
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Shukhman E. Hebrew Palaeotypes in the Collection of the St. Petersburg IOM, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(4), 2016. P. 76—88. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Paper: An Old Uighur Receipt Document Newly Discovered in the Turfan Museum
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24/05/2019
A new paper is added: Li Gang, Matsui Dai. An Old Uighur Receipt Document Newly Discovered in the Turfan Museum // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(4), 2016. P. 68—75. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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