Dr. Pavel Lurje

Head of the Sector of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Crimea, Senior Research Fellow of the Oriental Department of the State Hermitage Museum.


Education and Scholarly Career:

  • Oriental Faculty of St. Petersburg State University (History of Iran and Afghanistan) (1998);
  • Practice in Iran (1999—2000);
  • PhD Program at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences (Thesis “Historical and Linguistic Analysis of Sogdian Toponymy”, 2004);
  • Practice at the Institute of Iranian studies Austrian Academy of Sciences (2004—2009);
  • Since 1994 involved in ethnographic and archaeological expeditions in Central Asia.


Research Interests:

Iranian linguistics, Central Asian languages, onomastics, Central Asian antiquities, historical geography and toponymy, language, history, archaeology, culture, art of Sogdiana and adjacent areas.




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