Senior 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 senior 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).
On December 18, 2018, the Second Academic Conference 'Source Studies and Historiography of the Countries of the Near and Middle East' in memory of V.F. Minorsky (1877-1966) will be held at the IOM RAS.