The Department of History and Philology of South and Central Asia
The Department of History and Philology of South and Central Asia of the IOCS was created in 2004. The Department unites theorists of literature, linguists and historians who specialize in Indian, Turkic and Iranian languages, as well as in Mongolian and Tibetan. The teaching activity of the Department is generally characterized by a special attention paid to the study of classical (ancient and medieval) texts. Such courses constitute a considerable part of the curriculum.
Head of the Department: Dr. Maksim A. Rusanov
Majors of the Department
Philology of India
Since the co-existence of many languages and various religions is a characteristic feature of the culture of India, this majors exists in three different variants:
|Indian Philology (Sanskrit and Hindi)|
|Philology of India and the Muslim South Asia (Urdu and Persian)|
|Indian Philology (Tamil and Sanskrit)|
This major includes such courses as “History of Ancient Indian Literature,” “History of Medieval Indian Literature,” “History of India,” “Indian Philosophy,” “Religions of India,” “Islamic Literatures of India,” “Classical Literature in Urdu,” “History of Tamil Literature,” etc.
This major includes teaching of modern and classical Persian as well as modern standard Arabic. Some of the courses are: “History of Persian Literature,” “History of Iran,” “Qur’ān and Qur’ānic Studies,” “Iranian Arts,” “Persian Poetics and Poetology,” etc.
The students of this major study Mongolian and Tibetan languages augmented by such courses as “History of Literature of Tibet and Mongolia,” “History of Tibet and Mongolia,” “Buddhism,” “Buddhist Iconography,” “Introduction into Altaic Studies,” “Folklore of the Mongols and Tibetans,” etc.
The students of this major study Turkish, Persian and Kazakh languages augmented by such courses as “History and Archeology of Central Asia, South-West Siberia and the Volga Region,” “History of the Turkish Literature,” “History of the Tartar Literature,” “Philosophy of Islam,” “Buddhism,” “Theoretical Grammar of the Turkic Languages,” “Turkic Folklore Studies,” etc.
The Department hosts the ongoing Seminar on ancient Tamil poetry headed by Dr. Dubianski. The meetings of the Seminar are devoted to the Russian translation of the anthology of love poetry “Natrinei.”
Contacts: Tel.: + 7 (495) 250-61-88 Secretary Elena Vorobyova