""Adolat" sosial-demokratik partiya Siyosiy Kengashi raisi"
(dedicated to the competition “the most active young scientists council of the year”)
Today, the the Young Scientists Council of Al-Biruni Institute of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences held a meeting on the competition "The most active Council of Young Scientists of the Year."
Hilola Nazirova, the Сhairperson of the Council of Young Scientists, introduced the terms of the competition to the members of the Council of Young Scientists. Yaroslav Kvintkov, Chairman of the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences, also attended the meeting.
Ps.: In 2019, the Young Scientists Council of Al-Biruni Institute of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences won the Grand Prix.
On August 2, 2021, Professor Muhammad bin Salim al-Harisi from the Sultanate of Oman came to our institute to collect information from the manuscripts for his book about the «Mahalaba» tribe. During the visit, the guest got acquainted with the new building of the institute and met with officials. During the meeting, the parties expressed their readiness to further expand cooperation in the future. Professor Muhammad bin Salim al-Harisi noted with satisfaction that the work carried out in Uzbekistan to preserve and study ancient written monuments deserves special praise. Then he looked through some of the manuscripts from the collection of the Institute, which were of interest to him and which could be published in future joint works. In conclusion, it should be noted that the meeting, held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere, made a deep impression on the parties and serves to create a favorable environment for further expansion of cooperation.
An international conference “New Perspectives for the Study of Islamic Culture, History and Art in Uzbekistan” was organized by IRCICA and Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, on 28 May 2021. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Academician Ubaydulla Karimov. It was attended by scholars and researchers from various countries: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Turkey, USA, and Uzbekistan itself. The conference was held online and off-line. A total of 85 papers were presented, in 7 parallel sessions.
In his opening address, Prof. Dr. Bakhrom Abdukhalimov, Director of Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies and Vice-President of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, greeted the Director General of IRCICA Ambassador Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol Kılıç, with congratulations on his taking the office. He recalled an earlier scholarly encounter with Prof. Kılıç relating to studies on Islamic manuscripts. Prof. Abdukhalimov said that preservation and study of the cultural heritage has been one of the priorities of state policy in Uzbekistan. In this regard, in-depth studies on Islamic manuscripts and activities relating to their preservation and cataloguing, are given importance. He evoked the contributions of Academician Ubaydulla Karimov to the research and literature on the works of the great Islamic scholars who were the heroes of Islamic sciences and philosophy. He said that the conference was going to hear papers by senior scholars and also by members of the Society of Young Scholars attached to the Institute; thus it would also serve as a testing ground for their work and a platform for intellectual dialogue.
Ambassador Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol Kılıç, Director General of IRCICA, delivered an opening address in which he greeted Prof. Bakhrom Abdukhalimov and the other dignitaries attending the opening session and all participants in the conference. He expressed his pleasure that IRCICA was cooperating with Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences on the occasion of this conference. He said that IRCICA gives importance to its cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan and the other OIC Member States in Central Asia, their academies, universities, and cultural institutions. The Director General said that several conferences are scheduled to be organized by IRCICA jointly with different institutions in Uzbekistan for the coming months. Furthermore, Ambassador Kılıç underlined the importance of studying the cultural and historical heritage of the OIC-IRCICA Member States in Central Asia, underscoring the role and place of this heritage in Islamic civilization and world civilization; he alluded to the numerous outstanding scholars of the region who worked in Islamic sciences, philosophy and mysticism and other fields, who came from diverse fields, almost all fields; Prof. Kılıç also referred to the cultural heritage of the cities, their architectural monuments, libraries, madrasas and cultural institutions. Ambassador Prof. Kılıç thanked the participating scholars and researchers for their interest and contributions.
Welcoming speeches were given by dignitaries. Ambassador Shaazim Minovarov, Advisor to H.E. the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Director of the Center of Islamic Civilization in Uzbekistan (Tashkent), and representative of Uzbekistan in IRCICA Governing Board, expressed congratulations to Ambassador Prof. Dr. Mahmud Erol Kılıç on his assuming office at the head of IRCICA. He said that the Islamic cultural heritage in Uzbekistan is part of the heritage of all Muslim countries and it is important that it be studied by institutions such as IRCICA. Ambassador Minovarov underlined the benefits of activities such as this conference which bring together senior and junior scholars.
Professor Zokhidjon Islamov, Vice-Rector of the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), underlined the tradition existing in Uzbekistan to commemorate great scholars by dedicating academic events to their memories; he alluded to the activities of the new generations of scholars in different fields of Islamic studies, particularly the Society of Young Scholars affiliated to Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies and its members participating in the conference. Prof. Islamov praised the cooperation developed between Uzbekistan and IRCICA in the field of Islamic studies.
Professor Raiq Bahodirov, Director of the Center for the Research of Uzbekistan’s Cultural Wealth Located Overseas (Tashkent), alluded, in his speech, to the projects ongoing with the collaboration of IRCICA to locate and record the manuscript works of eminent scholars of Uzbekistan which are preserved in libraries and museums.
Dr. Shovosil Ziyodov, Director of Imam Bukhari International Scientific-Research Center (Samarkand), Dr. Shukurilla Umarov, Director of Imam Termizi International Scientific-Research Center (Termiz), and Professor Davronbek Maxsudov, Director of Imam Maturidi International Scientific-Research Center under the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, spoke of the development of studies on Islamic history, culture and arts in Uzbekistan, the activities of young scholars, and their respective institutions’ projects involving IRCICA as partner or co-organizer. Professor Nematulloh Mukhamedov, Head of the IRCICA Chair for Islamic History and Source Studies at the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, outlined the activities implemented within the framework of the Chair.
The plenary session started with the highlight on “The role of Academician Ubaydulla Karimov’s research in the Oriental Studies in Uzbekistan” presented by Prof. Dr. Surayyo Ubaydullaevna Karimova. Academician Ubaydulla Karimov, to whose memory the conference was dedicated, authored valuable books on the history of science and scholarship. He is known particularly through his studies, translations and editions relating to the fundamental works of illustrious scientists such as Al-Razi, Ibn Sina and Al-Beruni. The plenary session continued with presentations highlighting the historical significance of the region of Uzbekistan and whole Central Asia in the development of civilization, Islamic philosophy, sciences and arts.
The seven parallel working sessions, held in the different halls of the Institute, were grouped under the following themes: History of Islamic Civilization; History; Source Studies; Islamic Studies; Heritage of Islamic Scholars; New Approaches and Views in Philological Studies. At the end of the sessions, certificates of participation were presented by the Institute to the young scholars for their achievements in research. Five diplomas for the best papers were conferred to Khurshid Azimov (Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies), Maftuna Mirzayeva (Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies), Anton Ikhsanov (Higher School of Economics, National Research University), Bekzodbek Mukhtarov (International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan), and Andrey Kubatin (National Centre of Archaeology). (http://beruni.uz/en-ca/component/k2/item/373-yosh-sharqshunoslarning-xalqaro-anjumani.html)
The conference preparations were coordinated on behalf of IRCICA by Prof. Dr. Ashirbek Muminov, Head of Research and Publications.
The diverse topics that were covered at each session have constituted another representative sample of the vast range of subjects that the field of history of Islamic scholarship, culture and civilization offers for study in the different regions of the Muslim world geography.
On March 3, 2021 representatives of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus visited the Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences.
The delegation of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus was represented by: Chief Scientific Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus - Andrey Ivanovich Ivanets; General Director of the RUE "Scientific and Production Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus for Potato and Fruit and Vegetable Growing" - Vadim Leonidovich Makhanko; Director of the Republican Production Unitary Enterprise "Akadempharm" - Mikitsky Yuri Mechislavovich.
The meeting was held in an informal friendly atmosphere, the guests got acquainted with the multifunctional activities of the Institute, such as scientific research in the field of academic oriental studies, the activities of the Manuscripts fund (conservation and restoration), digitalization of written heritage, as well as the work of the restoration department. The latter left a huge impression on the staff of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus, which was admitted by the Chief Scientific Secretary Andrey Ivanovich.
He proposed to consider the possibilities of cooperation between the Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences and specialized organizations of the Republic of Belarus, he also asked to convey information about the materials of restoration, which are difficult to find in the markets of the Republic of Uzbekistan such as methylcellulose glue and Japanese paper.
In turn, the delegation of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Belarus told about their activities and plans to create a new scientific organization for restoration in Belarus. Andrei Ivanovich emphasized that the experience of the Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences could be useful for the Belarusian science and the parties expressed their hope for further cooperation.