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Tursun Ikramovich

Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
Born on May 7, 1940, in Chemolgan, Kaskelensky area, Alma-Ata district, Kazakhstan.

In 1967 graduated from Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Oriental Studies, the Department of History of Near and Middle Eastern Countries, where he had studied Turkish, Persian, Chagatai and English, in addition to various historical and special disciplines. Professors I.P.Petrushevsky, A.D.Novichev, A.D.Zheltyakov, V.S.Garbuzova, S.N.Ivanov, V.G.Kodratyev, A.G.Tagirdjanov were among his teachers.

From 1967 to 1970, doctoral student at the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (now the IOM), his supervisor was a great expert in the history of Afghanistan and Central Asia, Dr V.A.Romodin. In 1971, defended the PhD Dissertation entitled Major Issues of the History of the Kazakh people in the 16th through 17th Centuries, Accordingly to Tajik/Persian and Turkiс Sources [Основные вопросы истории казахского народа в XVI-XVII вв. по персидско-таджиским и тюркским источникам].

From 1971 to 1974, researcher at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography named after Ch.Ch.Valikhanov, the Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences, Alma-Ata. From 1974 to 1997, researcher (from junior to leading) at the Leningrad/St Petersburg Branch of the IOS. From 1995 up to present, the head of the Department of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg State University.

Major research interests cover the history of Central Asia, and icnlude edition and interpretation of mediaeval Turkic and Persian sources on history and cultural history of Central Asia.

Published a number of papers in Russian, Kazakh and English on mediaeval historiography of Central Asia, these papers being marked with a non-standard approach to the study of Mislum historiography from the Middle Ages.

Dr T.Sultanov's academic researches have been naturally reflected in the cources of lectures given at the University such as Mongol and Turkic States of Central Asia and Iran from the 13th through 19th Centuries in Persian and Turkic Historiography [Монгольские и тюркские государства Центральной Азии и Ирана в XIII-XIX вв. в персидской и тюркской историографии], Legislative Theories and Practice of Succession to the Throne in Mediaeval Central Asian States [Правовые воззрения и практика престолонаследия в средневековых центральноазиатских государствах], Book Culture in Mediaeval Turkestan: the Creators and their Works [Книжная культура средневекового Туркестана: творцы и труды], People of Stylus: Intellectual Elite of Mediaeval Muslim East [Люди пера - интеллектуальная элита средневекового мусульманского Востока], as well as general cources on mediaeval history, ethnography and geography of Central Asian Countries.

Publications ( the entire list as a *.pdf file)


Klyashtornyj S., Sultanov T. States and Peoples of Eurasian Steppes: from Antiquity to Modern Age [Государства и народы Евразийских степей: от древности к Новому времени]. St Petersburg, Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie Publishers 2009. 432 p. («Orientalia»).


Kljaštornyj S.G., Sultanov T.I. Staaten und Völker in den Steppen Eurasiens. Altertum und Mittelalter (Studia Eurasia. Band XI). Hrsb. von Reinhold Schletzer. Reinhold Schletzer Verlag, 2006.


Sultanov T.I. The Mirror of Past Centuries. Historical Books in Central Asian Culture from 15th to 19th Century [Зерцало минувших столетий. Историческая книга в культуре Средней Азии XV—XIX вв.]. St Petersburg, Philological Faculty of St Petersburg State University 2005. 304 p. (Азиатика).


Кляшторный С. Г., Султанов Т. И. Государства и народы Евразийских степей. Древность и средневековье. СПб.: Петербургское Востоковедение, 2004: 2-е изд., исправл. и доп. 368 с. (Orientalia).


Klyashtorny S.G., Sultanov T.I. Kazakistan. Türkün üç bin yılı. Istanbul: Selenge Yayınları, 2003 (in Turkish).


Кляшторный С. Г., Султанов Т. И. Государства и народы Евразийских степей. Древность и средневековье. СПб.: Петербургское Востоковедение («Orientalia»). 2000. 320 с.

Sultanov T. A Manuscript of the Tārīkh-ī Narshakhī and an Anonymous Remark on the Harmfulness of Tobacco // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 6, No 2, June 2000. P. 3-7.


Sultanov T. Authors and Authorship in Persian and Turkic Historical Writings // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 5, No 1, March 1999. P. 23-26.


Sultanov T. Turkic Versions of the “Tārīkh-i Rashīdī” in the Manuscript Collection of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 3, No 4, December 1997. P. 17-29.


Sultanov Т. Mu’izz al-ansāb and Spurious Chingīzids // Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research. Vol. 2, No 3, September 1996. P. 3-7.


Sultanov T. The Structure of Islamic History Book (The Method of Analysis) // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 1, No 3, December 1995. Pp. 16-21.

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