Dr. Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky

General Director of the State Hermitage Museum, member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Academy of Arts, a foreign member of Academy of Art, Armenia; member of Academy of Sciences, Tatarstan, member of the President’s Council for Culture and Art, member of the President’s Council for Science and Education; President of the Union of Museums in Russia

 

Education and Scholarly Career:

  • Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) State University Oriental faculty (Arabic Philology, 1967, Honours);
  • Practice in Cairo University (1965—1966);
  • PhD program (Arabic and Islamic Studies) at the Leningrad Branch of the Institute for Oriental Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences (1969—1972);
  • PhD thesis “The Legend of the Himyarite King As'ad al-Kamil” (1973);
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences (Aden, People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen: interpreter, Professor in History (1973—1976);
  • Dr. Sci. thesis “South Arabia in the Early Middle Ages: the Process of the Formation of Medieval society”. Leningrad Branch of the Institute for Oriental Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences (1985);
  • Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Branch of the Institute for Oriental Studies; from Research Assistant to Leading Research Fellow (1967—1990);
  • Soviet-Yemen Complex Expedition: Head of the expedition party (1983—1988), Head of the expedition (1989—1990);
  • The State Hermitage Museum: the First Deputy Director (1991—1992), General Director (since 1992);
  • Correspondent Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1997);
  • Editor-in-Chief of the journal “The Christian Orient” (since 1997);
  • Saint Petersburg State University Institute of philosophy: Head of the Chair of Museology and Protection of Monuments (since 2004);
  • Saint Petersburg State University Oriental faculty: the Head of the Chair of the History of Ancient Orient (since 2011), the Dean (since 2013)

 

Research Interests:

Ancient and Medieval history of the Middle East, the history of the Arabian Peninsula, the Qur’an and the early histo