Friday 23 April 2021

Anniversary of Bagrat Seyranyan

Anniversary of Bagrat Seyranyan Anniversary of Bagrat Seyranyan

Bagrat SEYRANYAN, doctor of historical sciences, professor, chief researcher of Arab and Islamic Studies Center of the Institute of Oriental Studies (the Russian Academy of Sciences) will turn 90 years old on the 23rd of April, 2021.

Mr. Seyranyan is the most prominent Russian historian and arabist. He has been developing by his scientific work the achievements of V.B. Lutsky Moscow school of Arabic studies.

He is the author of widely known works on the modern history of Egypt and Yemen and the general issues of the socio-political history of Arab countries in the 20th century, as well as the Arab states' political development patterns at the present stage.

Many of his articles and monographs were translated into Arabic and received well-deserved recognition abroad. These books have become the real classics of oriental studies: "Egypt in the Struggle for Independence (1945-1952)" (Moscow, 1970), "The Social Structure Evolution of the Arab Countries. Land Aristocracy in the 19th - 60s of the 20th century. " (Moscow, 1991).

Mr. Seyranyan has been an important figure for a long time in the scientific and public life of the Institute of Oriental Studies.

During the difficult period of the entire national scientific system restructuring, in the 90’s of the 20th century, he took an active part in the work of the Institute’s Scientific Council. 

He was deputy chairman of the historical sciences Dissertation Council. He headed huge scientific and organizational work at Arab and Islamic Studies Center.

Many times he represented Russian Arabic studies at international conferences and symposia. He supported the development of Russian-Arab relations as a numerous friendship societies member with Arab countries.

Mr. Seyranyan trained several generations of orientalists. More than 40 candidate theses were defended under his leadership.

The creative path of B.G. Seyranyan continues. Nowadays he is working on a two-volume monograph on the Egypt recent history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The publication of this book is awaited eagerly by the entire Russian orientalist community.

B.G. Seyranyan enjoys a well-deserved prestige among the Institute staff. Colleagues and friends know him not only as a scientist and polymath, but also as a great connoisseur of music and a subtle connoisseur of art. He remains a model of hard work, scientific conscientiousness, a man of extraordinary nobility, honesty and kindness.

Celebrating the anniversary of B.G. Seyranyan, the management and staff of the Institute congratulate the hero of the day heartily wishing him good health, happiness, and further creative success.

Bagrat Seyranyan was awarded the medal of I.Yu. Krachkovsky, the highest professional award of Russian orientalists, for many years of fruitful scientific activity and on his 90th birthday.