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Bartold's birthday anniversary to be commemorated in Tehran

15 Dec 2019 - 16:22

IBNA- The 150th birthday anniverary of eminent Russian orientalist and Iranologist ‎Vasily Vladimirovich Bartold will be held at Iran's National Library on Tuesday.‎

According to IBNA correspondent quoting from the public relations department of Iran's National Library and Archives Organization, the commemoration ceremony will be held at the Research Center of the organization on Tuesday at 3 to 5 p.m.


Iranian experts Seyed Sadegh Sajjadi, Mansour Shaftgol, Gholam-Reza Amirkhani and Goodarz Rashtiani will make speech in the event.


Vasily Vladimirovich Bartold was a Russian Empire and Soviet historian of German descent who specialized in the history of Islam and the Turkic peoples (Turkology).


The work of this academician was criticized in the Soviet era because of his non-Marxist orientation, but has been rediscovered since the end of the USSR both in Russia and in Western countries. He has been recognized as a leading figure in Iranology and Turkish studies.


Most of his writings were translated in English, Arabic, and Persian. Bartold's collected works were reprinted in 9 volumes between 1963 and 1977, and whilst Soviet editors added footnotes deploring his 'bourgeois' attitudes, his prestige was such that the text was left uncensored, despite not conforming to a Marxist interpretation of history. Some of his works have been reprinted more recently in Moscow.