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Vladimir Fedorovich Minorsky (Russian:Владимир Фёдорович Минорский; February 17 [O.S. February 5] 1877 – March 25, 1966) was a Russian Orientalist best known for his contributions to the study of Persian, Lurish and Kurdish history, geography, literature, and culture.

Vladimir Fedorovich Minorsky
Born(1877-02-17)17 February 1877
Died25 March 1966(1966-03-25) (aged 89)
Resting placeNovodevichy Cemetery, Moscow
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Tatiana Shebunina (1894 - 1987)
ChildrenTheodore (Fyodor) Minorsky (1916 - 1950)
Scientific career
FieldsOrientalist
Institutions

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Minorsky was born in Korcheva, in the Konakovsky District of the Russian oblast of Tver, northwest of Moscow on the upper Volga River, a town now submerged beneath the Ivankovo Reservoir. There he was a gold medallist of the Fourth Grammar School. In 1896 he entered Moscow University to study law, graduating in 1900, then entered the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages where he spent 3 years preparing for a diplomatic career. He made his first trip to Iran (Qajar dynasty) in 1902, where he collected material on the Ahl-e Haqq.

In 1903 he entered the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, serving 1904–1908 in the Qajar dynasty (now Iran), first in the Tabriz Consulate-General and then the Tehran Legation, and 1908–1912 in Saint Petersburg and Tashkent. In 1911, jointly the Four-Power (British, Russian, Turkish, and Persian) Commission, he carried out a mission in North-Western Persia to delimit the Turko-Persian border, and also published a monograph on the Ahl-i Ḥaqq religion for which he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Ethnography Section of the Imperial Society of Natural Sciences in Moscow.

One of the most important Kurdish manuscripts he obtained during this period was The Forqan ol-Akhbar, by Hajj Nematollah, which he later wrote about in "Etudes sur les Ahl-I Haqq, I.", Revue de L’Histoire des Religions, tome XCVII, No. 1, Janvier 1928, pp. 90–105. His surveys in Iran also provided invaluable material for his 1915 work, Materialï dlya izucheniya vostoka (Materials for the Study of the East), published by the Imperial Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St. Petersburg.

From 1915-17 he served as Chargé d'affaires in the Russian Legation at Tehran. As the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 made problematic his return to Russia, in 1919 he moved to Paris where he worked at the Russian Embassy. There his expertise in Middle Eastern and Caucasian affairs was useful during the Versaille and Trianon peace settlements.

In 1923 he began to lecture on Persian literature at the École nationale des langues orientales vivantes, where he subsequently taught Turkish and Islamic history. In 1930 he was named Oriental Secretary to the 1931 International Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House, London, and in 1932 was made lecturer in Persian at London's School of Oriental Studies. In 1933 he became Reader in Persian Literature and History, University of London; Professor of Persian in 1937; and in 1944 retired. During World War II, SOAS had evacuated to Christ's College, University of Cambridge, and there the Minorskys retired apart from a year (1948–49) at Fuad University, Cairo.

In 1934 Minorsky was one of the distinguished participants in the Ferdowsi Millenary Celebration in Tehran.

In 1960 Minorsky was invited by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to attend the meeting of the Twenty-Third International Congress of Orientalists in Moscow. After his death, his ashes were interred in the Novodevichy Cemetery, which was reserved exclusively for outstanding artists, literary men, composers, scholars, etc.; the bulk of his personal library was given to Leningrad.

Minorsky received numerous honors during his lifetime, including being made a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, 1943, Honorary Member of the Société Asiatique of Paris, 1946, and Doctor honoris causa of the University of Brussels, 1948.

Minorsky was a prolific scholar, having published over 200 books and articles.

  • "Ahl-I Hakk", in The Encyclopaedia of Islam.
  • "Notes sur la secte des Ahl-I Haqq", in Revue du Monde Musulman, Volumes XL, 1920, pp. 20–97; XLIV-XLV, 1921, 205–302.
  • Notes sur la secte des Ahle-Haqq, in book form, Paris, 1922, 182 pp., 1920.
  • "The Guran", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Volume, XI, 1943–1946, PP. 75–103.
  • Studies in Caucasian history, Cambridge University Press, 1957.
  • Medieval Iran and its neighbours, London, 1982. Reprint of journal articles in English or French published 1931–1967, with passages in Arabic, Gûrâni-Kurdish, Persian, and Turkic languages.
  • A History of Sharvan and Darband in the 10th-11th Centuries, Cambridge, 1958.

Vladimir Minorsky
Vladimir Minorsky Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Vladimir Minorsky news newspapers books scholar JSTOR December 2018 Learn how and when to remove this template message Vladimir Fedorovich Minorsky Russian Vladimir Fyodorovich Minorskij February 17 O S February 5 1877 March 25 1966 was a Russian Orientalist best known for his contributions to the study of Persian Lurish and Kurdish history geography literature and culture Vladimir Fedorovich MinorskyBorn 1877 02 17 17 February 1877 Korcheva Russian EmpireDied25 March 1966 1966 03 25 aged 89 Cambridgeshire EnglandResting placeNovodevichy Cemetery MoscowAlma materMoscow University Lazarev Institute of Oriental LanguagesSpouse s Tatiana Shebunina 1894 1987 ChildrenTheodore Fyodor Minorsky 1916 1950 Scientific careerFieldsOrientalistInstitutionsEcole nationale des langues orientales vivantes Burlington House School of Oriental Studies University of London Fuad University Contents 1 Life and career 2 Selected works 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLife and career EditMinorsky was born in Korcheva in the Konakovsky District of the Russian oblast of Tver northwest of Moscow on the upper Volga River a town now submerged beneath the Ivankovo Reservoir There he was a gold medallist of the Fourth Grammar School In 1896 he entered Moscow University to study law graduating in 1900 then entered the Lazarev Institute of Oriental Languages where he spent 3 years preparing for a diplomatic career He made his first trip to Iran Qajar dynasty in 1902 where he collected material on the Ahl e Haqq In 1903 he entered the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs serving 1904 1908 in the Qajar dynasty now Iran first in the Tabriz Consulate General and then the Tehran Legation and 1908 1912 in Saint Petersburg and Tashkent In 1911 jointly the Four Power British Russian Turkish and Persian Commission he carried out a mission in North Western Persia to delimit the Turko Persian border and also published a monograph on the Ahl i Ḥaqq religion for which he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Ethnography Section of the Imperial Society of Natural Sciences in Moscow One of the most important Kurdish manuscripts he obtained during this period was The Forqan ol Akhbar by Hajj Nematollah which he later wrote about in Etudes sur les Ahl I Haqq I Revue de L Histoire des Religions tome XCVII No 1 Janvier 1928 pp 90 105 His surveys in Iran also provided invaluable material for his 1915 work Materiali dlya izucheniya vostoka Materials for the Study of the East published by the Imperial Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs St Petersburg From 1915 17 he served as Charge d affaires in the Russian Legation at Tehran As the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 made problematic his return to Russia in 1919 he moved to Paris where he worked at the Russian Embassy There his expertise in Middle Eastern and Caucasian affairs was useful during the Versaille and Trianon peace settlements In 1923 he began to lecture on Persian literature at the Ecole nationale des langues orientales vivantes where he subsequently taught Turkish and Islamic history In 1930 he was named Oriental Secretary to the 1931 International Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House London and in 1932 was made lecturer in Persian at London s School of Oriental Studies In 1933 he became Reader in Persian Literature and History University of London Professor of Persian in 1937 and in 1944 retired During World War II SOAS had evacuated to Christ s College University of Cambridge and there the Minorskys retired apart from a year 1948 49 at Fuad University Cairo In 1934 Minorsky was one of the distinguished participants in the Ferdowsi Millenary Celebration in Tehran In 1960 Minorsky was invited by the Soviet Academy of Sciences to attend the meeting of the Twenty Third International Congress of Orientalists in Moscow After his death his ashes were interred in the Novodevichy Cemetery which was reserved exclusively for outstanding artists literary men composers scholars etc the bulk of his personal library was given to Leningrad Minorsky received numerous honors during his lifetime including being made a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy 1943 Honorary Member of the Societe Asiatique of Paris 1946 and Doctor honoris causa of the University of Brussels 1948 Selected works EditMinorsky was a prolific scholar having published over 200 books and articles Ahl I Hakk in The Encyclopaedia of Islam Notes sur la secte des Ahl I Haqq in Revue du Monde Musulman Volumes XL 1920 pp 20 97 XLIV XLV 1921 205 302 Notes sur la secte des Ahle Haqq in book form Paris 1922 182 pp 1920 The Guran Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies Volume XI 1943 1946 PP 75 103 Studies in Caucasian history Cambridge University Press 1957 Medieval Iran and its neighbours London 1982 Reprint of journal articles in English or French published 1931 1967 with passages in Arabic Gurani Kurdish Persian and Turkic languages A History of Sharvan and Darband in the 10th 11th Centuries Cambridge 1958 See also EditVasily Bartold Richard Nelson Frye Roman GhirshmanReferences EditRetrospective by C E Bosworth The Zoroastrian Houses of Yazd Bosworth C E ed 1971 Iran and Islam in memory of the late Vladimir Minorsky Edinburgh University Press ISBN 0 85224 200 X Lang D M 1966 Obituary Vladimir Fedorovich Minorsky Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies University of London 29 3 694 69 doi 10 1017 s0041977x0007422x C E Bosworth MINORSKY Vladimir Fed orovich Encyclopaedia Iranica 2004 at http www iranicaonline org articles minorsky vladimirExternal links EditVladimir Fyodorovich Minorsky at Find a Grave Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vladimir Minorsky amp oldid 1042505850, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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