Level of education: Master programme

Type of instruction: Full-time

Duration: 2 years

Language of instruction: Russian

Areas of specialisation: Islamic History and Culture


  • Islam: A Universe of Ideas
  • Oriental Language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
  • Digitisation of Islamic Manuscripts: Problems and Prospects
  • Russian Orientalism
  • Islam in the West
  • Confessional and Ethnic Climate in the Arab World
  • Religion and Philosophy in Asia and Africa
  • Asian and African Civilisations and Religions
  • Anthropology of Law
  • South Arabia as a Historical and Cultural Area
  • History of the Expansion of Islam in East and South Africa
  • Islam and Politics in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Adat and Shariʻa in Modern Islamic Societies
  • Islamic Manuscript Tradition in Sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Concepts of Modern Asian and African Studies

Scope of research

  • Religious trends in Islam
  • Main sources of faith and law
  • Islam in the historical perspective
  • Islamic art
  • Islam in Russia and worldwide

Internship and future career

  • State Hermitage Museum
  • Oriental Manuscripts Institute, the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkammer)

The graduates are trained to work as experts, consultants in the chosen professional field, translators and interpreters from the appropriate language at state and municipal government bodies of the Russian Federation, public and non-governmental organisations, research and educational institutions, the media, international organisations and companies.

Companies where our graduates work

  • State companies, transnational corporations, media, Gazprom, etc.
  • International organisations: UN, International Red Cross, etc.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and other bodies of state power
  • Russian and foreign universities and research organisations: St. Petersburg University, Moscow State University, RAS
  • The State Hermitage and other museums

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