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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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PhD Dissertation Defence for E.Bushuev
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02/07/2018
On June 29, 2018 the PhD Dissertation by Evgeniy Bushuev was successfully defended.
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Dr. I.M. Steblin-Kamensky has died
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04/05/2018
On May 3, 2018, Prof. Dr. Ivan M. Steblin-Kamensky died at the age of 73.
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Indian delegation visit to the IOM RAS
Events
03/05/2018

On April 25, 2018, an Indian delegation headed by the President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), member of Parliament of India Mr. Vinay Prabhakar Sahasrabuddhe, and Consul General of India in S. Petersburg Mr. Deepak Miglani, visited the IOM RAS.

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Habilitation Dissertation Defence by V.Zaporozhets
Events
08/04/2018
On April 6, 2018 a defence of the Habilitation Dissertation, entitled The Role of the Seljuk Turks in Historical Processes in the Near and Middle East from the 11th to early 14 cc., by Vladimir M. Zaporozhets was successfully held.
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Handover Ceremony of the UNESCO Certificate 'Memory of the World' for the St. Petersburg Muraqqa
Events
08/04/2018
On April 4, 2018, the Ceremony for the Handover of the UNESCO Certificate 'Memory of the World' for the Album of Indian and Persian Miniatures from the 16th through the 18th Century and Specimens of Persian Calligraphy was held in the IOM RAS. 
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Meeting of the Council of Young Scholars - presentation by O. Bonch-Osmolovskaya
Announcements
12/11/2018
On November 11, 2018, at the meeting of the Council of Young Scholars at the IOM RAS, PhD student O. Bonch-Osmolovskaya will read a lecture The Typology of Confuciun Commentary. 
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The Twelveth Seminar in Memory of O.O.Rosenberg
Announcements
12/11/2018
On November 6-7, 2018, at the IOM RAS the Tenth All-Russian Orientalist Seminar in Memory of O.O. Rosenberg will be held.
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Conference State and Law in the East: Past and Present
Announcements
12/11/2018
On November 12-13, 2018, at the IOM RAS the Conference State and Law in the East: Past and Present will be held.
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The Far Eastern Studies Seminar - presentation by Tu Zhun
Announcements
18/10/2018
On October 24, 2018, at the Far Eastern Studies Seminar organized by the Department of Far Eastern Studies of the IOM RAS, Tu Zhun will submit his presentation Chinese Traditional Painting Guo Hua. Techniques and Materials.
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Meeting of the Academic Council - October 17, 2018
Announcements
14/10/2018
On October 17, 2018, at the meeting of the Academic Council of the IOM RAS, senior researcher Dr.  A.V. Zorin and junior researcher A.A. Sizova will submit their lecture On the history of the formation and processing of the Fund of the Tibetan Texts from Khara-Khoto kept at the IOM, RAS.
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Paper: The Āli-kāli Trilingual Syllabary Brought by D. G. Messerschmidt from Siberia and Edited by G. S. Bayer in the 1720s
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25/10/2018
A new paper is added: Walravens H., Zorin A. The Āli-kāli Trilingual Syllabary Brought by D. G. Messerschmidt from Siberia and Edited by G. S. Bayer in the 1720s // Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies, Vol. XXI. Tokyo: ICPBS, 2017. P. 183—241. The entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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Monograph: Mongolica-XX
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10/09/2018
A new monograph is added: Mongolica-XX / Ed. by I.V.Kulganek et al. St Petersburg, 2018. 104 p. ISSN 2311-5939. The entire issue is published as a *.PDF file.
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Monograph: Countries and Peoples of the East. Vol. XXXVII. The State in the East
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14/05/2018
A new monograph is added: Countries and Peoples of the East. Vol. XXXVII. The State in the East. Ed. by I.F.Popova, I.V.Bogdanov.Moscow: Nauka - Vostochnaya literatura 2017. 327 p. ISBN 978-5-02-039782-8. 'Annotation', 'Contents' are published as a *.PDF file.
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WMO, English 1(7) 2018
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08/05/2018
The information on the new issue of the English version of Written Monuments of the Orient is added.
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Paper: [Review:] Indische Handschriften. Teil 19. Die Śāradā-Handschriften der Sammlung Janert der Staatsbibliothek — Preußischer Kulturbesitz
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08/05/2018
A new paper is added: Shomakhmadov S.H. [Review:] Indische Handschriften. Teil 19. Die Śāradā-Handschriften der Sammlung Janert der Staatsbibliothek — Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Beschrieben von Gеrhard Ehlers. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016, 145 p. // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(7), 2018. P. 124–126. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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WMO, English 2(6) 2017
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07/05/2018
The information on the new issue of the English version of Written Monuments of the Orient is added.
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Paper: [Review:] Mitteliranische Handschriften. Teil 2: Berliner Turfanfragmente buddhistischen Inhalts in soghdischer Schrift
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07/05/2018
A new paper is added: Chunakova O.M. [Review:] Mitteliranische Handschriften. Teil 2: Berliner Turfanfragmente buddhistischen Inhalts in soghdischer Schrift, beschrieben von Christiane Reck. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016 (VOHD; XVIII, 2), 473 S. // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 122–126. The the entire paper is published as a *.PDF file.
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