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Muhammad Abdulkadyrovich

Chief Researcher at the IOM RAS
Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
(02.09.1928 — 28.08.2017)
Born on September 2, 1928 in the village Unchukatl of Dagestan, the USSR (now Russian Federation).


1948-1952 - The State Pedagogical Institute of Leningrad, the Department of Historical Studies.

1954-1958 - The Institute of Historical Studies, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Moscow).

PhD Dissertation

The Behistun Inscription as a source on the reign of Darius I. Defended at the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Historical Studies, 1959.

Habilitation Degree was obtained in 1975 for the book Slavery in Babylonia

Academic and Administrative Positions

1959-1965 - the Leningrad (later St Petersburg) Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studiesm, the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Junior Researcher

1966-1997 - The same Institute. Senior Researcher. Head of the Department of Ancient Oriental Studies.

From 1997 up to present - the chief Researcher at the same Insitute.

From 1997 - Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Academic consultant of the Great Russian Encyclopaedia; honorary member of the American Oriental Society; Member of the Centre de Droits Antiques (Paris, France), Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum (London, England), Istituto Italiano per in Medio ed Estremo Oriente (Rome, Italy); consulting editor and member of the advisory committee of the Encyclopaedia Iranica (New York, Columbia University), member of the editorial board of the journals Vestnik Drevnei Istorii (Moscow) and Iranica Antiqua (Gent).

Teaching experience

Visiting professor at Leningrad State University, Leningrad State Pedagogical University, London, Oxford and other universities in England; visiting professor at Universities of Geneva and Zuerich as well as University of Haifa, and Columbia, Chicago, New York and many other American universities.

Major Research Interests

Ancient Persian Empire; history, social institutions and culture of Babylonia in the first millennium B.C.


classical languages, Old Persian, Akkadian. English and some other European languges. My native language is Lak (one of the Caucasian languages).

International Conferences

about twenty assyriological congresses in various countries in Europe, USA, Russia, etc. as well as International Orientalistic congresses, historical congresses, etc.

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


Dandamayev M.А. Mesopotamia and Iran in the 7th-4th Centuries B.C.: Social Institutions and Ideology [Месопотамия и Иран в VII—IV вв. до н.э.: Социальные институты и идеология]. St Petersburg: St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Philology and Arts 2007. 512 p.


Dandamaev M.A. A political history of the Achaemenid empire. Translated into English by W.J. Vogelsang. Leiden, 1989.


Dandamayev M.A. The Babylonian Scribes [Вавилонские писцы]. Moscow, Nauka GRVL Publishers 1983.


Dandamayev M. The Dynasty of the Achaemenids in the Early Period // Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungricae. Tomus XXV. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1977. P. 39—42.


Dandamayev M.A. The Slavery in Babylonia during the 7th to 8th Centuries BCE (626-331) [Рабство в Вавилонии VII - IV вв. до н.э. (626 - 331 гг.)]. Moscow: Nauka GRVL Publishers 1974.


Dandamayev M.A. Iran under the Early Achaemenids (6-th century B.C.). Translated from Russian into Persian by Rouhi Arbab. Tehran, 1973.


Азиатский музей - Ленинградское отделение Института востоковедения АН СССР / Редакционная коллегия: А.П.Базиянц, Д.Е.Бертельс (отв. секретарь), Б.Г.Гафуров, А.Н.Кононов (председатель), Е.И.Кычанов, И.М.Оранский, Ю.А.Петросян, Э.Н.Тёмкин, О.Л.Фишман, А.Б.Халидов, И.Ш.Шифман. М.: «Наука», 1972.

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