The Institute of Oriental Studies was founded in 1960 on the initiative of Academician Giorgi Tsereteli and was named after him in 1973. In 2010, the institute became affiliated with the Ilia State University.

Renowned scholars working at the Institute at different times included Giorgi Tsereteli, Sergy Jikia, Giorgi Akhvlediani, Simon Kaukhchishvili, Konstantine Tsereteli, Vladimer Puturidze, Valerian Gabashvili, Aleksandre Gvakharia, Vladimer Akhvlediani, Otar Tskitishvili, Zurab Sharashenidze, Vazha Gvakharia, Mikheil Chkheidze, Olga Tedeev, Aleksandre Aleksidze, Shota Kurdghelashvili, Nodar Komakhidze, Giorgi Tchipashvili, and Levan Nadiradze.

The following are the key areas of research done at the Institute of Oriental Studies: oriental linguistics; history, literature and contemporary culture of oriental peoples; Georgia’s centuries-old cultural relations with Eastern countries; current political, social, economic, cultural and religious processes in the countries of the Near East and the Middle East; study of Islam and inter-confessional relations; geopolitical problems in the Middle East; Caucasus and Central Asia in the regional and global contexts.

Organizational Structure of the Institute:

  • Department of Ancient Oriental Languages;
  • Department of Semitic Studies;
  • Department of the Indian and Iranian Languages;
  • Department of Persian Philology;
  • Department of Turkish Studies;
  • Department of Byzantine Studies;
  • Department of Modern and Contemporary History of the Near East and the Middle East;
  • Department of Medieval History of the Middle East;
  • Laboratory of General Phonetics and Typology of Oriental Languages;
  • Rich Library of scholarly literature and periodicals.

Past and Current Periodicals published by the Institute:

  • The Near East and Georgia
  • Philologia orientalis
  • Oriental Records on Georgian History
  • Modern and Contemporary History of the Middle East
  • Semitic Studies
  • Typological Investigations
  • Persian-Georgian Studies
  • Jevanmardi
  • Orientalist
  • Perspective - XXI

The academic staff of the Institute of Oriental Studies has produced numerous important monographs and scientific articles published in different countries.

The Institute closely collaborates with the leading foreign universities and research centers, including the University in California, Berkeley; the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, France; the laboratory "Iranian and Indian worlds"; Ca 'Foscari University of Venice; the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; the Hokkaido and Osaka universities in Japan; the University of Goettingen; The Ibero-American University, Mexico; the University of Tehran; the University of Guilan; and the universities and institutes of oriental studies of Yerevan, Baku, Moscow and St. Petersburg. The researchers of the Institute have collaborated with foreign colleagues under numerous joint projects and are members of various international societies.

The Institute has hosted a large number of international conferences.

The Institute currently has fifty-one researchers.

Contact details:
➳ G. Tsereteli St., 0162, Tbilisi, Georgia
☏ (995 32) 233 885; (995 32) 233 114; (995 32) 233 068.
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