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Youli Arkadyevich

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).

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


Ioannesyan, Y. А. The Shaykhi religious school: historical subjects, teachings (Including publication of manuscript samples). — Saint Petersburg : Nestor-Historia, 2023. — 372 p. ISBN: 978-5-4469-2185-0


Ioannesyan Y. The Development of the Babi/Baha’i Communities: Exploring Baron Rosen’s Archives. The Development of the Babi/Baha’i Communities: Exploring Baron Rosen’s Archives. Routledge , 2013 . xii + 200 p.


Ioannesyan Y.A. [Review:] Zare Yusupova. The Kurdish Dialect Gorani. A Grammatical Description. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2017 // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 119–121.


loannesyan Y. The Persian Dialect of Herat. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-3-659-69038-9.

[Review, by Y.A.Ioannesyan:] M.Sergeev. Theory of Religious Cycles: Tradition, Modernity, and the Baha’i Faith. Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2015. — 161 p. Value Inquiry Book Series. Contemporary Russian Philosophy. Ed. by R.Ginsberg, L.Donskis. Vol. 284 // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(4), 2016. P. 89–94.


Ioannesyan Y. The St. Petersburg 19th c. Collection of Materials on the Babi and Baha’i Faiths: Primary and other Sources // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2. Moscow: Vostochnaya literatura, 2015. P. 85-107.


Ioannesyan Y. The Development of the Babi/Baha’i Communities. Exploring Baron Rosen’s Archives. London & New York: Routledge, 2013. 208 p.


Ioannesian I. Afghan folktales from Herat: Persian Texts in Transcription and Translation. New York, Cambria Press 2009. 319 p.

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