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Our Authors

Dr. Firuza I. Abdullaeva - Associate Professor of Persian at the Oriental faculty of the St. Petersburg State University, specialist in Iranian philology and Islamic culture, author of several publications in the field.

Prof. Iraj Afshar - Former director of the Central University Library, University of Tehran. Specialist in history of the book in the Iranian world.

Prof. Reza Ahmadi - M. Arch. Assistant Professor of interior design, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ball State University, Indiana, USA. Mr. Ahmadi's resecher interests are design for elderly persons, as well as design and symbolism in Persian art, craft, and architecture. Author of a series of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Oleg F. Akimushkin - Head of the Department of the Middle East and Kurdish Studies Group at the Si. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Persian culture history and history of Iran, Central Asia and East Turkestan, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Dr. Makka S.-G. Albogachieva — Senior Assistant of the Department of Caucasus, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in Ingush ethnography and historiography, author of the series of works in the field.

Dr. Anton K. Alexeev — associate professor, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University, specialist in the Arabic and Persian Medieval historiography, author of number of articles in the field.

Dr. Alikber K. Alikberov - Research fellow of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history and culture of the Northern Caucuses, expert in the Arabic manuscript tradition.

Dr. Igor A. Alimov — Head of the Department of East and Southwest Asia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Far Eastern ethno‑cultural texts, author of the series of monographs in the field.

Mr. Arthur A. Ambartsumian - Independent researcher, graduated from Department of Iranian Languages at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies (St. Petersburg University), made postgraduate research at the Department of the Ancient Near East in the Institute of Oriental Studies (St. Petersburg Branch). Main interests - Old and Middle Iranian languages, culture and history of Ancient Iran. Author of the series of articles in the field of Iranian studies.

Dr. Manal Amin - Bibliothécaire Unité de catalogage et de classification Bibliotheca alexandrina.

Dr. Vadim R. Atnashev - Lecturer at the Institute of External Economic Relations, Economy and Law (St. Petersburg), specialist in ethnography, Islamic studies and international relations in the South East Asia, author of the series of works in the field.

Dr. Bakhtiyar B. Babajanov - Head of the Islamic studies department at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan; specialist in the history of Sufism in Central Asia, author of several publications.

Prof. Frédéric Bauden - Professor of Islamic studies, University of Liège.

Dr. Andrei A. Bazarov - Researcher at the Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Tibetan literature and culture, author of a number of publications in the field.

Dr. Marcelle Beaudiquez - Conservateur général des bibliothèques, directrice de l'Agence bibliographique nationale, Bibliothèque nationale de France. Présidente de la Commission générale Information et documentation (CG46) de l'Association française de normalisation (AFNOR). Auteur d'ouvrages professionnels et de travaux dans le cadre de l'IFLA.

Prof. Joseph N. Bell - Professor of Arabic and Head of Section for Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Specialist in Muslim intellectual history and Sufism. Author of several books and a series of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Anna G. Belova - Leading research fellow of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), specialist in the history of the Arabic language and early Arabic dialects, author of the series of monographs in the field.

Dr. Sheila Blair - Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian art at Boston College. Specialist in Islamic art.

Dr. Margarita Blank - a paper and parchment conservator at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (New York), author of several publications on various aspects of paper conservation, including the development of new methods, primarily on leafcasting.

Dr. Vladimir O. Bobrovnikov - Head of the Department of the Caucasus studies at the Moscow Institute for Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in modem history and ethnology of Muslim communities in Mountain Daghistan, author of series of works in the field. His research focuses on interaction of law, power and Orientalist scholarship in (post-)Soviet and ex-colonial areas (North Caucasus, Maghrib).

Dr. Nadine Boddaert - Conservateur en chef à la Bibliothèque nationale de France responsable des autorités titres uniformes à l'Agence bibliographique nationale. Membre du comité permanent de la section de catalogage de l'IFLA. Elle pilote un groupe de travail pour la réédition des listes de classiques anonymes. Elle est l'auteur de plusieurs contributions sur le catalogage à des congrès de bibliothécaires.

Prof. Oleg G. Bolshakov - Chief Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Arab history, archaeology, and culture, author of several monographs and numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Kirill K. Boyarsky - Senior Researcher of the St. Petersburg Economical and Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in computer sciences and computer technologies, author of several articles.

Dr. Hansje Braam - Researcher at the Department of Oriental Studies, Faculty of Arts, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Expert in Oriental studies computing. Author of a number of articles in the field.

Dr. Françoise Briquel - Directrice de recherches, Laboratoire des études sémitiques anciennes, CNRS - Collège de France, Paris. Specialist in Ancient history of the Levant and in Syriac manuscripts.

Dr. David Brophy — Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre on China in the World, The Australian National University, scholar of the modern history of Chinese Turkistan and the Uyghurs.

Mrs. Nadezhda M. Brovenko - Conservator at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, author of several publications on Eastern manuscripts conservation and restoration.

Dr. Michhel Cailleteau - Graduate of the Institut de formation des restaurateurs d'oevre d'art, now an independent restorer, working for the Restoration des Musées de France (Paris). Specialist in graphic arts, author of a number of monographs devoted to preservation and restoration of textile works and works on paper.

Dr. Sheila Canby - Curator of Islamic art and antiquities, Department of Asia, British Museum. Specialist of the arts of the book, in Iran and later Islamic art (Iran, Central Asia and India).

Prof. Michael G. Carter - Professor of the Faculty of East European and Oriental Studies, Oslo University, Norway. Specialist in Arabic language and literature, author of numerous works in the field.

Dr. Anne Cathelineaujunqua - Responsable de la Bibliothéque Orient-Monde arabe, Université de Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Dr. Natalia Yu. Chalisova - Leading research fellow of the Institute of Oriental Cultures of the Russian State University of Humanities, interpreter and commentator of medieval Persian treatises on poetics, author of series of works on traditional prosody.

Prof. Dr. Huaiyu Chen - an assistant professor of religious studies at Arizona State University, Tempe. He earned his Ph.D. in religious studies from Princeton in 2005. His research focus centres on the religions of the Silk Road, especially the interactions between Nestorianism and Buddhism in medieval period. He has published several articles dealing with Nestorian and Buddhist manuscripts uncovered from Dunhuang and Central Asia. He studied the Princeton collection of Dunhuang manuscripts and is publishing the most up-to-date scholarly catalogue of the collection in East Asian Library Journal (2010).

Prof. Dr. Sevir B. Chernetsov - Head of the Department of African Studies of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in the history and ethnography of Ethiopia, author of a number of monographs and series of arti¬cles in the field.

Dr. Frariçoise Cuisance - Member of the Restoration Service at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, specialist in Oriental MSS restoration, author of a number of articles in the field.

Mr. Mustafa Dehqan, MA - specialist in Kurdish Studies with an interest in the literature and religions of Kurdistan. He earned a bachelor's degree in Historical Studies and a master's in Historical Linguistics from the University of Tehran. Author of the numerous articles in the field.

Prof. Francois Déroche - Directeur d'études, Ecole pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques. Specialist in history of the book in the Muslim world, codicology and paleography.

Mrs. Tamara P. Deryagina - Chief Librarian of the St. Petersburg University library, specialist in the field of Oriental manuscripts, one of the authors of the catalogue of Arabic manuscripts in the St. Petersburg University library.

Dr. Sara Descamps-Wasstif - Bibliothécaire principale à la bibliothèque de l'Institut du monde arabe, responsable de la base A‘LAM, qui inclut le fichier d'autorité des auteurs.

Dr. Claude Detienne - Bibliothécaire de l'Institut orientaliste et Assistant du Bibliothécaire en chef des Bibliothèques de l'Université catholique de Louvain.

Mrs. Ursula Dreibholz - Researcher in Islamic bookbindings.

Dr. Danièle Duclos-Faure - Conservateur général des bibliothèques, chargée de l'expertise bibliothéconomique au Bureau de modernisation des bibliothèques, Ministère de l'Education nationale, sous-direction des bibliothèques et de la documentation.

Mr. Abdul-Majit Dudarov — Fellow researcher of the Ingush Research Institute for Humananities named after. Ch. Akhriev. The topic of his study is the Arab-graphic written sources in Ingush culture.

Miss Marie Efthymiou - Doctoral student at the Ecole pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques. Research on the history of the Qur'an in Central Asia.

Prof. Dr. Aftandil Erkinov — Professor at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. Specialist in Jaghatā’ī and Persian literature of Central Asia, author of numerous articles on Turkic and Persian literature and manuscripts of Central Asia in 15th — beginning of the 20th centuries.

Mrs. Alba Fedeli — Lecturer in Arabic in the University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy). She is continuing the studies, started under her late master, Sergio Noja, on the oldest Qur’ānic manuscripts.

Dr. Laure Feugere - Chargée de mission "Chine Asie Centrale" at the Musée Nationale des Arts Asiatiques Guimet (Paris).

Dr. Mikhail S. Fomkin - Head of the Chair of Foreign Languages at the St. Petersburg Regional University, specialist in old Turkish literature, author of a monograph and a series of articles in the field.

Dr. Serguei A. Frantsouzoff - Research at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history and culture of the South Arabia. Author of a number of articles in the field.

Prof. Olga B. Frolova - Professor of the Oriental Faculty of the St. Petersburg University, specialist in the history of Arabic literature and culture, author of several monographs, a textbook and articles in the field.

Prof. Ayman Fu'ad Sayyid - Senoir researcher at the French institute of Oriental archaeology in Cairo (IFAO). Specialist in Islamic history and codicology.

Prof. Dr. Murtazali S. Gadjiev - Leading Researcher at the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Daghestan Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in archeology and history of ancient and early Middle Age Caucasus, author of two monographs and numerous articles in the field.

Prof. Adam Gacek - Head of Islamic Studies Library and lecturer in Arabic manuscripts, McGill University (Montréal, Canada). Specialist in Islamic bibliography and manuscripts studies.

Dr. Annabel Teh Gallop - Head of the South and Southeast Asia section at the British Library, London. Her current research interests are in Malay letters, documents and seals, and the art of the Qur'an in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Khandama Zh. Garmaeva - Researcher at the Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Tibetan literature and culture, author of a number of publications in the Field.

Prof. Dr. Jost Gippert - at present Professor of comparative linguistics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat (Frankfurt/M), specialist in the field of Indo-Germanic textology and philology, expert in Japanese and Chinese studies. He is an author of several computer programs for processing texts in European and Eastern languages.

Prof. Vladislav N. Goreglyad - Head of the Far Eastern Department of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of the Chair of Japanese Philology of the Oriental Faculty of the St. Petersburg University, specialist in the history of medieval Japanese literature and culture, author of several monographs and numerous articles.

Dr. Alessandro Gori - Department of Linguistics, University of Florence (Italy). Specialist in Arabic Islamic literature of the Horn of Africa. Author of a series of articles and monographs in this field.

Mrs. Anastasia S. Grib - post graduate student of the Oriental Department at the State Hermitage Museum. Specialist in the Qur'anic calligraphy and indigenous art in West Africa. Author of the internet based Guide to Islamic Calligraphy (www.khatt.ru); formerly a special reporter in Cairo for the "Around the World" magazine, an intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Department of Islamic Art), managing editor of the "Hermitage Magazine".

Dr. Sergei E. Grigoryev - Assistant Professor at the St. Petersburg State University, Oriental Faculty, specialist in the history of Afghanistan, author of numerous publications in this field.

Dr. Marie-Geneviève Guesdon - Librarian in charge of Arabic manuscripts at the Oriental section of the Manuscript Department at the Bibliothèque nationale de France; author of a dissertation on biographies of al-Andalus scientists and physicians; at present a participant in a Virtual Mediterranean Library Project (MEDLIB).

Dr. Tapani Harviainen - Professor of Semitic Languages in the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the University of Helsinki, author of a series of works in the field of Semitic languages; at present participant in two research projects - "Karaims in Eastern Europe - Cultural Heritage and Revival".

Dr. Muhammed Haron - Executive Member of the Centre of Contemporary Islam at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), specialist in Islamic studies, author of a number of publications in the field.

Dr. Mahmud Hasani - Head of the Codification and Preservation Section at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, specialist in traditional Eastern medicine and Sufi poetry, author of several monographs and numerous articles.

Prof. Dr. Shimon M. Iakerson - Leading researcher at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the History of Hebrew manuscripts and incunabula, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Dr. Iala Ianbay - Researcher at the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, Jerusalem, specialist in Turkic literature and culture, author of a number of publications in the field.

Dr. Ilia B. Itkin - Junior researcher of the Department of languages of the peoples of Asia at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Moscow), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the Russian, Veps, and Tocharian languages, with a special eye to the problems of morphology and morphonology of the languages of Eurasia.

Dr. Dmitriy D. Ivanov  Chief specialist of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian of Academy of Sciences, curator of the Foreign Asia storages of the Museum, specialist in Buddhist art.

Dr. Prof. Elena V. Ivanova - for many years Head of the Department of Ethnography of Eastern and South Eastern Asia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in different aspects of material and spiritual culture of the peoples of South Eastern Asia and primarily Thailand, author of the series of monographs in the field.

Dr. Abdelouahad Jahdani - Lecturer at the Ibn Zohr University, Agador. Specialist in the history of Muslim law and codicology.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir A. Jakobson - Chief researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history and culture of the Ancient East, author of numerous publications.

Dr. David James - the author of several works on the arts of the Islamic book, especially calligraphy and illumination. He was lecturer in Arabic at University College, Dublin, Islamic Curator of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin and Curator of the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London. Now he lives and works in Spain.

Dr. Zarine A. Jandosova — associate professor, chair of Central Asia and Caucasus, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University. Expert in modern and contemporary history, as well as ethnography and history of the culture of Afghanistan and Central Asia. Author of lecture courses and articles on history, source study and history of the culture of the region.

Mr. Isaac Donoso Jiménez — professor at the Philippine Normal University in Manila. He has grades in Arab Philology (2001), Hispanic Philology (2003) and Humanities (2003) by the University of Alicante (Spain); Master of Arts in Islamic Studies (2008) by the University of the Philippines. He has won twice (in 2004 and 2008) the Ibn al-‘Abbār Research Prize, the most important Spanish recognition in Islamic Studies. Editor of the volume “More Hispanic that We Admit. Insights into Philippine Cultural History” (2008) he is currently finishing the edition of a general volume about Islam in the Philippines, and the University of the Philippines Press is going to publish his book “Islamic Far East. Ethnogenesis of the Philippine Islam”. Specialist in Islamic and Philippine Studies, at the present he finishes his PhD in the University of Alicante with a thesis on the Islamization of the Philippine Archipelago.

Dr. Alexander M. Kabanoff - Senior Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in medieval Japanese literature, philology and culture.

Miss Hala Kaileh - Post-graduate student at the École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'information et des Bibliothèque (Lion, France).

Dr. Masanori Kaji - Assistant Professor, Tokyo Technological Institute, Famous Japanese science historian, author of a numerous works in the history of Russian scholarship, including monograph Mendeleev's Discovery of the Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements: The Scientific and Social Context of His Discovery (Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, 1997).

Dr. Kamilla B. Kalinina - Senior research fellow of the Department of Scientific Examination of the Works of Art, State Hermitage Museum.

Dr. Evgeny A. Kanevsky - Senior Researcher of the St. Petersburg Economical and Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in computer sciences and computer technologies, author of several books and articles.

Prof. Dr. György Kara - Professor of the Philological Faculty at Budapest University, visiting professor at Indiana University (Bloomington, USA), specialist in the Mongolian language, history and culture, author of numerous monographs and articles in the field.

Dr. Adil A. Kariev — leading research specialist of the Institute of Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistān, specialist in the history of Islam in Medieval Mā warā’ al‑nahr. Author of a series of articles and monographs in this field.

Mrs. Irina R. Katkova - fellow researcher of St. Petersburg Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Indonesian and Islamic Studies, author of a number of articles dealing with sufism in Indonesia, sufi literature and Malay manuscripts.

Prof. Dr. Nikolay Kazansky - Full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Institute of Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in classical philology and Indo European Studies. Author of the series of monographs in the field.

Mrs. Stoyanka Kenderova - Senior researcher at the Bulgarian National Library "St. Cyrill and Methodius", Head of the Oriental Department. Specialist in Ottoman Turkish Diplomatics and aleography, Arabic and Ottoman Turkish manuscripts and archival documents, history of the Muslim book in the Balkans during the Ottoman period and history of the medicine in the Ottoman empire.

Dr. Ksenia B. Kepping - Senior Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Tangut language and culture, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Prof. Dr. Anas B. Khalidov - Professor at the Institute of Oriental Studies of Kazan University, Researcher of the Near Eastern Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in Arabic manuscripts and literature, specialist in the field of the Arabic language, author of several monographs and numerous articles.

Dr. Alexey A. Khismatulin - Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Sufism; author of one monograph and a number of articles.

Dr. Vladimir N. Kisliakov - Senior Research Fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, specialist in the history of the Museum collections and Russian ethnological studies, author of the series of works in the field.

Dr. Mikhail Kizilov - Kreitman fellow at the Department of Jewish Thought at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Be'er Sheva, Israel).

Dr. Aviva Klein Franke (Sabarey) - Senior Lecturer and Assistant Prof. in the University of Cologne, Germany, since 1989. Teaching in the Seminar for Ethnology and in Martin Buber Institute for Jewish Studies. Research and teaching subjects: ethnicity, minorities and nationalities in the Middle East; the structure of the Jewish communities in the Diaspora; the social status of the Jews in Islamic countries; the history and the cultural heritage of the Jews of Yemen; documenting the crafts of the Yemenite Jews; documenting the Jewish cemetery of Aden; documenting the Jewish Community of Yemen today.

Prof. Dr. Sergei G. Klyashtorny - Head of the Turkic and Mongolian Studies Department of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the ancient and medieval history of Turkic peoples, author of several monographs and numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Catherina Koch - Restorer at the Conservation Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz; specialises in the restoration of Central Asian documents from Turfan.

Dr. Ali I. Kolesnihov - Senior Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the field of the Iranian studies, author of a number of monographs and articles.

Dr. Nourlan S. Kondybaev - System analyst, expert in the automatic optical recognition systems, author of the software and articles in this field.

Dr. Natalia P. Kopaneva, senior research fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, an expert on the history of science and culture and the history of Russian‑Western relations in the 18th century, the author of more than 80 scientific publications on the history of the relationship between Russian and Western European cultures and the history of science in the 18th century, on the history the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences (18th century), on the history of Russian emigration (20th century), on the preservation of monuments of literature and culture, chairman of the St. Petersburg Regional Public Organization “Peter the Great Historical Society”.

Dr. Evgeniia R. Kriuchkova - Senior Research fellow at the Institute of Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist Bengal linguistics, author of the works on linguistic geography of Hindustan.

Dr. Victoria Yu. Kryukova - Senior research fellow of the Department of Central Asia Ethnography of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in Zoroastrianism, author of numerous publications in the field.

Prof. Dr. Alexander B. Kudelin - Full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the World Literature Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of the Arabic literature, author of the series of monographs in the field.

Ms. Anna Yu. Kudriavtceva, MA — postgraduate student of Prof. Efim Rezvan (MAE RAS), specialized in Qur’ānic studies.

Dr. Irina V. Kulganek - Senior Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the field of Mongolian literature and culture. Author of a book on Mongolian folklore, a catalogue of materials in the Orientalists archive at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, and several articles and translations of Mongolian poetry into Russian.

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Kumamoto - Professor of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Tokyo, specialist in the Khotanese language and history, author of numerous publications of Khotanese business documents.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir V. Kushev - Chief Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Iranian studies, expert in Afghan literature and culture, author of a series of catalogues of manuscripts, monographs, and articles.

Prof. Dr. Evgeniy I. Kychanov - Director of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, specialist in the history and culture of China and the Tangut empire, author of a series of monographs and numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Klaus Lagally - Prof, of the Institut für Informatik, Universität Stuttgart, Germany. Specialist in operating systems, programming languages, computer typesetting, author of the series of publications and software products.

Dr. Stephan H. Levitt - Expert in Sinhalese and Indie manuscripts. At present, a private tutor and consultant for the University of Pennsylvania Library, the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, and the Burke Library, Union Theological Seminary, also an independent researcher, author of numerous publications.

Dr. Henry V. Lezin - Senior researcher at the St. Petersburg Economical and Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in computer technologies, author of a numerous articles.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir A. Livshits- Leading Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, foreign member of the British Academy, specialist in the history of the Iranian languages and in the history of Central Asia, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Mr. Pavel B. Lurje - Post-graduate student of the Ancient East Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specializes in Iranian languages.

Dr. Mauro Maggi - Director of the Library of the Istituto Italiano per l'Africa el'Oriente (Rome), specialist in Khotanese Saka literature and language, author of a monograph and series of articles in the field.

Dr. Marine H. Marandjian - Researcher of the Far East Department of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the intellectual history of Japan, author of articles in the field.

Mr. Alexander S. Matveev - Lecturer of the Oriental Faculty of the St. Petersburg State University, author of a number of articles on Arabic medieval history.

Ms. Polina A. Matveeva — Chief administrative officer of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), postgraduate student; specialized in the history of the Museum and its collections (end of the 19th — beginning of the 20th centuries), basing on the archival materials.

Prof. Dr. Lev N. Menshikov - Head of the Group of Far Eastern Textology of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, founder of Dunhuang studies in Russia, expert in the history of Chinese literature and culture, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Prof. Dr. Elena N. Mescherskaya - Senior Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in Syriac literature and culture, author of two monographs and a series of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Alexander N. Mescheryakov - Leading Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history and culture of Japan, author of numerous articles and monographs in the field.

Mrs. Alexandra I. Mikhaylova - former researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Arabic manuscripts and literature, author of two catalogues of Arabic manuscripts and a series of articles.

Mrs. Elena A. Mikolaychuk - Senior researcher in the Department for Scientific-Technological Examination at the State Hermitage Museum, expert in paper, fabrics, wood, and leather, author of numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Thomas Milo - Specialist in Slavic, Turkic and Arabic languages, co-founder (1985) of Incorporated DecoType, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, providing fonts and Arabic Calligraphy applications for Microsoft Office Arabic Edition and a special interface for Calligraphic typesetting for Adobe PageMaker Middle East DT.

Mrs. Tatyana M. Moiseeva - Head of the "Lomonosov Museum", department of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of Russian science and museum studies, author of the series of works in the field.

Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Monferrer-Sala - Associate Professor of Semitic Studies at the University of Córdoba (Spain), he has been working on Islamic and Christian Arabic Studies. In this field of study he has edited, translated ‎and studied a number of works by Christian-Arab authors. He is Co-Editor (together with Samir Khalil Samir) ‎of the Journal Collectanea Christiana Orientalia, which is devoted to Eastern Christian Studies.

Miss Bilha Moor - Post-graduate student at the University of Haifa (Israel). Scholarly interests' sphere is Muslim miniature tradition and Arabic cosmography.

Mr. Dmitry A. Morozov - Specialist in Eastern Christian manuscripts and translations of the Bible, author of a catalogue and several articles.

Dr. Ashirbek K. Muminov - Associate professor at the Tashkent State Institute for Oriental studies. Specialist in history of Islam in Central Asia.

Dr. Jaklina S. Musaelian - Senior Researcher of the Kurdish Studies Group at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Kurdish literature, author of a series of publications in the field of Kurdish studies.

Dr. Marianna I. Nikitina - Leading Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the literature and culture of Korea, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Dr. Boris V. Norik — Fellow researcher of the Oriental Manuscripts and Documents Department of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in late medieval poetry in Central Asia and medieval book culture in Iran and Central Asia.

M.A. Lucia Obi - Research fellow of the research team of the Yao Project, initiated by the Institute for East Asian Studies and the Bavarian State Library.

Dr. Elena D. Ogneva - Institute of the Oriental Studies, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (Kyiv), specialist in the history of the Tibetan literature, art and ethnography, author of the series of articles in the field.

Dr. Khanna Omarkhali - Lecturer of Yezidism, Kurdish language and Culture at the Institute of Iranian Studies, George August University of Göttingen, Germany. Specialization: Yezidism and Pre-Islamic Kurdish Religions. Author of a number of articles and three monographs in the field.

Prof. Dr. H. A. Omarov - Leading research fellow of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography, Daghistan Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of Islam in the Caucasus and local manuscript tradition, author of the series of works in the field.

Mrs. Irina A. Osmanova  research fellow of the Oriental religions Department of the State Museum of the History of Religion (St. Petersburg, Russia), postgraduate student of the Philosophy faculty of the St. Petersburg State University, specialist in Middle Eastern philosophy and culturology, specialist in Islamic philosophy and theology.

Dr. Wilhelm Östberg  Associate Professor in Social Anthropology, a research fellow at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University, and former Curator of the Africa collection at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm.

Dr. Tatiana A. Pang - Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Manchu manuscripts and culture, author of a number of monographs and articles in the field.

Dr. Tamara Pataridze scientific collaborator at Université catholique de Louvain, Department of Oriental Studies (CIOL), Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium. Specialist in Georgian and Byzantine Studies, Christian Middle East Studies and Syriac Studies.

Dr. Larisa R. Pavlinskaia - Head of the Department of Siberia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in ethnography and history of Siberia, history of Russian ethnology and Kunstkamera Museum collections. Author of the series of works in the field.

Dr. Nikolaj G. Pchelin - Junior Researcher at the Oriental department of the State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), author of several publications on the history of the Jesuit missionaries in China.

Dr. Irina Ye. Petrosyan - Senior researcher of the Turkic and Mongolian Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Turkish history, author of monographs and articles devoted to the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire.

Prof. Dr. Yuri A. Petrosyan - Director of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history and ideology of the Ottoman Empire, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Prof. George-Jean Pinault - Professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Section des Sciences historiques et philologiques (Paris), teacher of several languages (Sanskrit, Tocharian, Uighur), specialist in the philology of the texts discovered in the Tarym basin (Xinjiang, China). Author of numerous editions of Tocharian texts and of monographs into Russian of medieval Arabic writings in verse and prose, as well as monographs and articles in the field.

Dr. Martha S. Plettner - Senior Librarian in the Library of the American University in Cairo, Director of the technique services.

Dr. Valery V. Polosin - Head of the Middle Eastern Studies Department of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the Arab manuscript tradition, author of one monograph and numerous articles.

Mrs. Alina I. Popova - Researcher of the St. Petersburg Economical and Mathematical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in computer sciences and computer technologies, author of several articles.

Dr. Valeria A. Prischepova - Senior research fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in ethnography of Central Asia, author of the series of works on the Museum collections on the region.

Mrs. Ruth Prosser is an accredited paper conservator with over twenty-five years experience of working in both the public and private sector. Currently working as an independent conservator, she has a special interest in the conservation of pith. In the course of her research into the conservation of pith paintings, she has travelled extensively visiting conservation workshops, giving presentations and examining pith paintings in many public collections. She was co-author of an article on pith paintings recently published for the Royal Botanic Gardens, London.

Dr. Stanislav M. Prozorov - Leading Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Muslim history and Arabic historical writing, author of several publications of Arabic texts and numerous articles.

Dr. Valeria A. Prischepova - Senior research fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in ethnography of Central Asia, author of the series of works on the Museum collections on the region.

Dr. Elisabeth Puin - MA thesis in German Literature on "Baroque German Travelogues to Persia", articles on Mamluk coinage, Ph.D. in Islamic Studies on "Modern Islamic Religious Posters and Symbolism". Currently working on palaeographic and textual analysis of early Qur'an manuscripts.

Dr. Rosemarie Quiring-Zoche - Researcher at the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Katalogisierung der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Arbeitsstelle Jena. Specialist in Arabic codicology, author of articles devoted to manuscripts of Ottoman provenance and to the history of Iran.

Prof. Dr. Marina L. Reisner - Professor of the Department of Iranian Philology at the State Moscow University Institute of Asian and African Studies, specialist in medieval Persian poetry and culture, author of numerous publications in the field.

Dr. Alexey M. Reshetov - Leading research fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian of Academy of Sciences, specialist in Chinese ethnography and culture, in the history of the Russian ethnology and anthropology, author of the series of publications in the field.

Prof. Dr. Elena V. Revunenkova - Head of the Department of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian of Academy of Sciences, specialist in ethnography and languages of Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as in shamanism, author of numerous publications in the field.

Prof. Dr. Efim A. Rezvan — Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles in the field of Qur’ānic studies and history of the Russian‑Arabic relations.

Dr. Maryam E. Rezvan — Head of the Department of Central Asia Ethnography of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in the Qur’ānic studies and Islamic magic, author of a monograph and a series of articles in the field.

Dr. Francis Richard - Chargé des collections, Louvre Museum, Department of the Arts of Islam. Specialist in codicology and history of Persian miniature painting.

Dr. Ol. Rinchinov - Researcher at the Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Tibetan literature and culture, author of a number of publications in the field.

Dr. Anna-Grethe Rischel - Paper conservator at the Conservation Department, the Paper-, Textile- and Leather Section at the National Museum of Denmark, specialist in microscopic and macroscopic analysis of early Central Asian paper technology, author of a number of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Mikhail A. Rodionov - Head of the Department of South and Southwest Asia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies. Author of the series of monographs in the field.

Dr. Nathalie Rodriguez - Conservateur des bibliotheques, chef du service Afrique et Moyen-Orient à la Bibliothèque interuniversitaire des langues orientales de Paris. Secrétaire du MELCOM International. Animatrice de la table ronde Vers un riseau d'èchange des autorités auteurs et litres arabes.

Dr. Paul Roochnik - Arabic Computational Linguist at Applications Technology (AppTek) Inc., McLean, Virginia, USA. Founder and moderator of ITISALAT, the Internet Forum on Arabic Computing. Co-founder and secretary of The Association for Arabic Computing in North America. Specialist in Arabic Machine Translation. Author of a series of articles on the computerized parsing of Arabic sentences as well as a series of articles on the computerized treatment of Arabic personal names.

Dr. Geoffrey Roper — a bibliographical and editorial consultant and book historian. Head of the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library, 1982—2003, and editor of Index Islamicus and of the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts. He was an Associate Editor of the Oxford Companion to the Book (2010), and is the author of several articles on the Arabic printed book.

Prof. James R. Russell - Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University. Recent books include "Bosphorus Nights: The Complete Lyric Poems of Bedros Tourian", "The Book of Flowers of Derenik Demirjian", and "Armenian and Iranian Studies". Recent articles include "The Rime of the Book of the Dove: From Zoroastrian Cosmology and Armenian Heresiology to the Russian Novel" and "Solov'i, solov'i".

Dr. Arzu A. Sadykhova - Senior Lecturer on the Arabic language and literature at the North-Western Personnel Centre (St. Petersburg), specialist in Arabic literature, author of a number of articles in the field.

Dr. Kira F. Samosyuk - Curator of the collections of Central Asia and Khara-Khoto at the State Hermitage, author of two monographs and a series of articles on Chinese painting and Tangut art, coauthor of the exhibition and exhibition catalogue on Khara-Khoto art from the State Hermitage.

Mr. Denis A. Samsonov - M. A. in Korean Studies from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University. Postgraduate student of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences. Fields of research: Russian travellers in late 19th-early 20th century, modern Korean history (Park Chung Hee's rule (1961-1979)), the Korean etiquette, history of Seoul.

Dr. Alexey G. Sazykin - Senior Researcher of the Turkic and Mongolian Studies Department of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in Mongolian literature and written tradition, author of several catalogues of Mongolian manuscripts and xylographs, author of monographs and numerous articles.

Dr. Nikolaj I. Serikoff - Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, assistant curator of the Oriental collections in the Wellcome Library for the history and Understanding of Medicine, specialist in Byzanti no-Arab relation in the Middle Ages and written culture of the Arabs, author of numerous articles.

Prof. Dr. Olimpiada P. Scheglova - Leading researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the field of Persian manuscripts and lithographed books, author of a number of catalogues and numerous articles.

Dr. Elena G. Shishkova - Head of Laboratory of Conservation Oriental Painting, State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg), author of the series of articles about the drawing and oriental painting conservation problems.

Dr. Nikolaj I. Serikoff - Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, assistant curator of the Oriental collections in the Wellcome Library for the history and Understanding of Medicine, specialist in Byzanti no-Arab relation in the Middle Ages and written culture of the Arabs, author of numerous articles.

Prof. Dr. Amri R. Shikhsaidov - Head of the Department of Oriental Studies of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Daghistan Scientific Centre, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of Islam, Daghistan manuscript and epigraphic heritage, author of several monographs and articles.

Dr. Safarali H. Shomakhmadov — researcher of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Central Asian Buddhist manuscripts.

Dr. Brian Singer obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from Leeds University in 1976. From 1984, he taught art conservation chemistry in Gateshead College and later in Newcastle Polytechnic, where he developed a research interest in the analysis of artists' materials. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Northumbria University where he teaches art conservation science and has research interests in: the development of techniques for the analysis of modern artists' materials; the investigation of the materials and techniques of certain 20th century artists; the development of conservation treatments and the investigation of the degradation of paper supports.

Dr. Alexander Yu. Sinitsyn - Senior Researcher of the Eastern and South-Eastern Asia Ethnography Department of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in samurai culture and traditions, author of series of works in the field.

Mr. Keith E. Small - Post-graduate student and part-time lecturer at the Centre for Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, Northwood, Greater London. He is pursuing doctoral studies in the New Testament and the Qur'an. His research interests are in textual criticism in the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament and the Qur'an, as well as issues of comparative textual history and canonicity.

Dr. Kirill J. Solonin - Researcher of the Manuscript Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Far-Eastern philosophy, anthropology and culture, author of monographs and a series of articles in these fields.

Dr. Karina Yu. Solovyova — Head of the Photographic Department of the Russian Ethnographical Museum, specialist in the history of ethnographic photography, author of the series of works in the field.

Prof. Dr. Park Songgyu - specialist in Korean studies at the Korean Cultural Research Center of Korea University, Seoul, author of numerous articles in the field of history and culture.

Dr. Shing Soong-Müller - Lecturer of Chinese Art and Archaeology, Institute for East Asian Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich; member of the research team of the Yao Project, initiated by the Institute for East Asian Studies and the Bavarian State Library.

Prof. Janine Sourdel-Thomine - Professor at the Sorbonne University and Ecole pratique des hautes études, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques. Specialist in archaeology and art history of the Islamic world.

Mr. Tim Stanley - Curator of Islamic art, Victoria and Albert Museum. Specialist in manuscript production in the Ottoman empire.

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Stary - Professor of Manchu language and literature at the University of Venice (Italy), Department of Indological and Far Eastern Studies, editor of Central Asiatic Journal, Aetas Manjurica and Shamanica Manchurica Collecta, specialist in early Manchu history and literature, author of several monographs and numerous articles.

Mrs. Nellie Stavisky - a parchment and paper conservator at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (part of the year), and privately in Jerusalem (the rest). Author of several publications on conservation and hand papermaking.

Prof. Dr. Tursun I. Sultanov - Head of the Chair of the history of Central Asia and Caucasus at the St. Petersburg State University, specialist in Central Asian history and manuscripts, author of several monographs and numerous articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Ho Sunch'ol - specialist in Korean studies at the Korean Cultural Research Center of Korea University, Seoul, author of numerous articles in the field of Korean culture.

Dr. Mikhail N. Suvorov — Docent at the Department of Arabic Philology, Faculty of Oriental and African studies, St. Petersburg State University, specialist in Arabic literature and folklore, author of articles and monographs in the field.

Mrs. S. H. Syrtypova - Researcher at the Institute of Mongolian, Buddhist and Tibetan Studies of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Tibetan literature and culture, author of a number of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. W. John Tait - Edwards Professor of Egyptology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, University of London, specialist in ancient Egyptian language and texts, author of a number of papyrus text-editions.

Dr. Tsuguhito Takeuchi - Associate Professor, Kyoto University of Education; lecturer, Kyoto University and Osaka University, author of several monographs and articles devoted to the Tibetan official and business documents of the 8th-11th centuries A. D.

Prof. Dr. Igor R. Tantlevskij - Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the St. Petersburg State University, Director of the International Centre of Biblical and Jewish Studies, specialist in Biblical studies, apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea scrolls, the religion, history, and culture of Judaea in the Hellenistic and cat К Roman periods, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles in the fields.

Mrs. Tamara A. Tchernaja — Head Librarian, curator of manuscript collection and collection of rare books of the Komarov Botanical Library (botanical department of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences). Specialist in the field of botanical illustration, author of many articles, co-author and author some monographs in the field.

Dr. Alexander I. Teriukov - Head of the Department of Eastern Slavs and Peoples of European Russia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in ethnology and museology, author of the series of works in the field.

Mr. Nikolay S. Terletsky - Research fellow of the Department of Central Asia Ethnography of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in the history and culture of Central Asia.

Prof. Hoong Teik Toh - Academia Sinica, Institute of History and Philology (Taipei), specialist in Inner Asian and Altaic studies, author of the series of works in the field.

Prof. Dr. Ch'oe Toksu - specialist in Korean studies at the Korean Cultural Research Center of Korea University, Seoul, author of numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Ludmila I. Torlakova - Senior Assistant at the Center for Eastern Languages and Cultures of Sofia University, Bulgaria, and currently visiting lecturer at the University of Bergen, Norway, specialist in modern Arabic language and linguistics, author of several articles in the field.

Mr. Sergei Tourkin - Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental studies. Specialist in Persian manuscripts and history of science in Iran.

Prof. Dr. Adelaida F. Trotsevich - Leading Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in medieval Korean literature and culture, author of a series of monographs and numerous articles.

Dr. Elena G. Tsareva — Leading researcher of the Department of South and South-West Asia of the MAE RAS. Specialized on archaeological and ethnographic textiles of the people of Northern Eurasia, with emphasis on the origin and development of knotted carpet weaving and history of costume, Turkmen carpet weaving in particular.

Dr. Anna D. Tsendina - Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Department of Korea and Mongolia, specialist in Mongolian philology and history, author of a monograph and numerous articles in this field.

Dr. Liliya Yu. Tugusheva - Senior Researcher of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in the field of the Uighuric studies, author of a number of monographs and articles.

Prof. Dr. Nataliya N. Tumanovich - Senior Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the Persian history and literature, author of a number of monographs and articles in the field.

Dr. Thomas Tunsch - Curator, Museum für islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Specialist in Mamluk bookbindings and interior decorations of the Turkish Rococo period.

Dr. Edvard N. Tyomkin - Senior Researcher of the Manuscript Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of ancient culture and mythology of India, in Central Asia philology, author of a series of monographs and articles.

Prof. Dr. Chong Ubong - specialist in Korean studies at the Korean Cultural Research Center of Korea University, Seoul, author of a series of articles in the field.

Dr. Vladimir L. Uspensky - Senior Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Mongolian history and Tibetan manuscripts, author of numerous publications.

Prof. Shodmon Vahidov - Researcher at the Tashkent Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, specialist in Muslim manuscripts tradition, author of a number of works devoted to the study of historical, cultural and religious aspects of Muslim manuscripts held in the Uzbek collections.

Dr. Marc Vandamme - Senior Researcher at the Department of Oriental Studies, Faculty of Arts, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Specialist in the pre-Chaghatay, Chaghatay and modern Central Asian languages, author of a number of books and articles on this and other related subjects.

Mrs. Olga V. Vasilieva - Head of the Oriental sector in the Manuscript Department of the National Library of Russia. Fields of interest - the arts of the book in the Middle East, history of the Oriental manuscripts' collections, old Turkish literary prose.

Mr. Konstantin S. Vasiltsov - Post graduate student of the History of Middle East Department, St. Petersburg University, research fellow of the Department of Central Asia Ethnography of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in the history and culture of Central Asia.

Miss Tatiana I. Vinogradova - Head of the Oriental Books Department in the library of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Chinese folklore and culture, author of a number of articles in the field.

Mrs. Natalia N. Vlasova — assistant Lecturer of the Department of Chinese Philology of the Faculty of Oriental and African Studies (Saint-Petersburg State University), MA. Research interests — cultural studies, magic as a phenomenon of literature, Chinese mantic arts.

Dr. Nikolay V. Vorobyov-Desyatovsky - Head of the laboratory of the St. Petersburg Academy of Military Medicine, specialist in non-organic chemistry, author of the series of works in the field.

Dr. Margarita I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya — Leading researcher, head of the section of South Asian studies of the In­stitute of Oriental Manuscripts. Major research interests are connected with the study of ancient manuscripts from Central Asia on Sanskrit, Khotanese, Saka and other languages, mostly having Buddhist or socio-economic contents. Author of a number of monographs, chapters in collective works and papers on these subjects.

Prof. Dr. Valentine F. Vydrine - acting Head of the African department of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in African linguistics, author of a series of works in the field.

M.A. Uta Weigelt - Research assistant of the research team of the Yao Project, initiated by the Institute for East Asian Studies and the Bavarian State Library.

Mr. Du Weisheng - Paper and bindings conservator at the National Library of China, Peking, author of several publications in the field of book history and restoration.

Mr. Ifan Williams - After university was for eight years in the Overseas Civil Service in Northern Nigeria; then employed on various aspects of university administration in the UK. Late in life, set himself the task of finding public collections of Chinese watercolours on pith in Europe, hoping to throw some light on these neglected treasures.

Dr. Igor N. Wojewódzki - Chief Librarian in the library of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Semitic studies, author of several articles dealing with the history of Islamic and Judaic culture.

Dr. Elaine Wright - Curator of the Islamic collections, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. Research on manuscript production in 14th and 15th -century Iran.

Prof. Antony Wynn - studied Persian and Turkish at Oxford and spent a number of years in pre-revolutionary Iran as the representative of a British oriental carpet company. He is now the chairman of The Iran Society of London, a cultural organisation promoting knowledge of Iranian culture and history. Author of Persia in the Great Game and Three Camels to Smyrna.

Dr. Natalia S. Yakhontova - Senior researcher of the Turkic and Mongolian Department at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Mongolian philology, author of several monographs and articles in the field.

Dr. Emiko Yamanashi - Head of Trans Disciplinary Research Section, Department of Fine Arts, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, specialist in the history of Japanese art, author of the series of works in the field.

Mrs. Maria A. Yanes - post-graduate student of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences and the Senior Coordinator of the Museum Exhibition Department. Fields of research: ethnographic studies, cultural history and traditional handicraft of the Arabs of Uzbekistan.

Dr. Yujun Yang — East Asian Studies, Princeton University. Associate Professor in Dept. of Chinese, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. Research interests include festival studies, folklore, and classical Chinese literature. Primary teaching area: Chinese popular literature, folklore, and festivity.

Miss Olga M. Yastrebova - Ph.D. student at the Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University, keeper of the Oriental collection at the Manuscript Department of the National Library of Russia.

Dr. Sara Yontan-Musnik - Conservateur, chargée des collections turques et conseillère au Service des langues orientales du Département Littérature et Arts, Bibliothèque nationale de France. Organisatrice locale de la Conférence 2002 du MELCOM International.

Prof. Dr. Karen N. Yuzbachian - Leading Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Armenian literature, history and manuscripts, author of numerous publications.

Dr. Elisabeth Zack - Researcher at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo; field of scholarly interests - Arabic manuscripts and Arabic dialectology.

Prof. Dr. Vera N. Zalesskaya - Head of the Department of Byzantium and Near East at the State Hermitage, specialist in the Byzantine applied art, member of the Palestinian Society, editor of the journal Byzantino-Rossica, author of two monographs and numerous articles.

Dr. Ilia V. Zaytsev - Researcher of the Department of Eastern History at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Moscow), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in the history of the Qazan, Astrakhan and the Crimea Khanates, and the Noghay Horde in the post Golden Horde, author of a series of articles.

Dr. Petr Zemanek - Deputy Head, Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Specializes in Arabic and Semitic linguistics, especially in phonology, and computer-aided analysis of Arabic and other Semitic languages.

Prof. (CN) Dr. phil. Gabriele Ziethen M. A. — German historian and researcher on interdisciplinary subjects of ancient history and archaeology, visiting professor at Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M. V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia, and at Cairo University (Egypt). She is author of about one hundred publications in field of cultural history, esp. history of diplomacy and trade (e.g. in the Red Sea region) and in field of joined German-Russian academic social studies.

Dr. Shavasil Ziyadov - Researcher at the Tashkent Biruni Institute Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, author of the series of works devoted to the religious and cultural heritage of late-Medieval Central Asia.

Prof. Dr. Irina T. Zograph - Leading Researcher at the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Department of China and Central Asia historiography and sources research, specialist in Chinese philology, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles in this field.

 


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