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Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

In 1996, the expert and academic community in the North Caucasus recognized a need for a more nuanced approach to tackling local challenges and initiated a broad discussion platform for acute regional issues to be debated and contextualized. This year the VII Congress “Peace in the North Caucasus through Languages, Education and Culture: Russia-the Caucasus-the International Community” (Мир через языки, образование, культуру: Россия-Кавказ-Мировое сообщество), held every three years, was hosted in the North Caucasus administrative capital city, Pyatigorsk. Continue reading Talking Peace in the Caucasus: A New Security Challenge Dimension

Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library

St. Petersburg’s status as a world-class destination for the study of Islamic manuscripts is well-established.  The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Rare Books Collection of the National Library are hallowed grounds for pawing through ancient texts.  Continue reading Hidden Treasure-Trove of Manuscripts: The Oriental Department of the St. Petersburg State University Library