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190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Book chapter
Medicine on Russian-Language Social Media

Karpova Y., Vasilyev P.

In bk.: The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Bioethics. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022. Ch. 30. P. 350-360.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Actual Issues of Studying History of Islam

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Compulsory course
2 year, 4 module


Tikhonova, Nadezhda

Tikhonova, Nadezhda

Course Syllabus


The course aims to investigate with the students the main tendencies, theories, and methods of modern Islamic studies, to elaborate with them some of the most important sources on the history of Islam and its study in Europe, the USA and Russia, considering the knowledge and skills acquired by students while studying courses on global and Russian history in the frames of the bachelor's programme. Conceptually, it is based upon the ideas of postcolonial theory and the new imperial history. The course examines the intellectual and social history of Islam, its changing discourses, ritual and social networks and practices, the perception of Islam in non-Muslim societies from the perspective of Orientalism. The subject covers: (1) the re-evaluation of the heritage of Islamic studies of the colonial era, (2) the complex of the main topics of postcolonial Orientalism, (3) the prospects for possible further research, with respect to available sources in English and other European languages (optional: Russian, German, French, Italian). This three-part structure determines the content of each of the main thematic units. Chronologically, the course is primarily limited to the 18th – 21st centuries, namely, the colonial and postcolonial eras. Geographically, it covers cases both in the center (Middle East) and on the periphery of the Muslim world, which turned out to be a part of or on the frontier of colonial empires (Caucasus, Volga region, North Africa, Indonesia).