Leading Researcher at the IOM RAS Candidate of Sciences (equiv. Ph.D.) - Philology
Born on July 27, 1957 in Baku, Azerbaijan. In 1979, graduated from Leningrad/St Petersburg State University.
Dr. Ioannesyan holds a PhD in Iranian linguistics and literature, a leading researcher at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Ioannesyan has taught Afghan-Persian (Dari) and Persian (Farsi) languages, as well as Persian culture, history, and religions at St Petersburg State University and the University of Virginia. He has a number of publications on the Herati dialect and Persian dialectology in Russian, English, and Persian, including a monograph, The Herati Dialect of the Dari Language of Modern Afghanistan.
Major research interests: Islam (Sufi Islam and Shaikhism), Babism and Baha'ism; languages and dialects spoken in Iran and Afghanistan (Dari).