Eurasian Orientalists Workshop which was organized by Marmara University and supported cooperatively by Union of Turkish World Municipalities (TDBB) and Turkish History Foundation was held on 23-24 October 2019 in Sultanahmet Campus of Marmara University.
The opening speeches were made by Marmara University Head of Institute of Turkic Studies Prof. Dr. Okan Yeşilot, academic member of St. Petersburg State University Prof. Dr. Aleksandr Kolesnikov, Dean of Ali Şir Nevai Tashkent State University Department of Uzbek Language and Literature Prof. Dr. Şuhrat Sirajiddinov and Rector of Marmara University Prof. Dr. Erol Özvar.
The event hosted by Marmara University, brought together many important Orientalists from the Orientalist School of Soviet Union, in particular from the Russian Federation. In the event where the emergence, historical development and major schools of Orientalism in Eurasia were discussed, the scientific heritage of the first Orientalists and the works of contemporary Orientalists were evaluated.
In this event that was participated by Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, it was evaluated not only copyrights and translated works but also archive materials such as intelligence reports and embassy registrations were assessed.
The first session of the program was held on 23 October moderated by Prof. Dr. İlyas Kemaloğlu. In the session, Prof. Dr. Mikhail Baskhanov presented his paper named “Russian Military Orientalism: its Origin, Development and Perspectives”, Prof. Dr. Efim Rezvan presented the paper called “History of the Qur’an in Russia (Translations, Publications, Scientific Schools)”, Professor Dr. Aleksandr Kolesnikov presented his paper named “Turkish History and Culture in Saint Petersburg (2th century- beginning of 21st century)”, Prof. Dr. Ramil Valeev presented the paper named “The Stages and Heritage of Oriental Studies in Kazan University (1769-1920)” and Prof. Dr. Vitali Poznahirev presented his paper named “Problems of War Prisoners in Russian-Turkish Relations”.
The second session of the workshop was held on 24 October moderated by Prof Dr Ahmet Taşağıl. In this session, Prof Dr Danagül Makhat presented a paper named “History of Oriental Studies in Kazakhstan”, Prof. Dr. Kadırali Konkobaev “History and Problems of Oriental Studies in Kyrgyzstan”, Prof. Dr. Anvarbek Mokeev “Emergence, Formation and Development of Orientalism in Kyrgyzstan”, Prof. Dr. Shuhrat Sirojiddinov “Orientalist Studies in Uzbekistan: A. A. Semenov’s Scientific Heritage” and Prof Dr Osmanakun Ibraimov presented “Orientalist Chokan Velihanov and Russian Empire: Explanatory Notes”.
After the sessions, the participants made a Bosphorus tour and had a dinner on Valide Sultan ship by Üsküdar Municipality.