Gainutdin and Krganov congratulated Naumkin on his 75th birthday

22 May 2020


The Chairman of the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation and the Russian Muftis Council, Mufti Sheikh Ravil Gainutdin, congratulated on 75th birthday the Scientific Director of the Institute of Oriental studies, member of the Group of strategic vision  "Russia – Islamic world" Vitaly Naumkin.

"It is a great value for me to work with You for many years. The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, working under your scientific guidance, is famous for its objective and thoughtful approach to the study of the problems of the modern Islamic world and Islamic communities both in Russia and abroad.

The analytical works and scientific forecasts developed at the Institute of Oriental studies are highly praised by the Russian diplomacy, and your personal authority in Oriental science is unquestionable.

I pray to Allah to grant you health, creative and vital energy, success in all your noble endeavors," the message reads, in particular.

On his side, the Mufti of Moscow, the head of the Spiritual Assembly of Muslims of Russia, member of the Civil Chamber of the Russian Federation Albir khazrat Krganov in congratulation noted that over many years of scientific activity Vitaly Naumkin made a significant contribution to the development of the Russian school of Oriental studies.

"Using modern tools of diplomacy, sharing experience in analyzing ethnic and regional conflicts, creating discussion platforms for the study of world politics and international relations, you contribute to the settlement of important inter-ethnic and inter-religious issues. By heading the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, you have confirmed its impeccable scientific authority and achievements in the field of Islamic studies and Arabic studies, which fully reflects the high status of the Russian school of Oriental studies. Knowing your efficiency, erudition and professionalism, the ability to find the right solution to the most difficult issues, I firmly believe that you will continue to implement important initiatives in the interests of the state and the Muslim community. Sharing with you, dear Vitaly Vyacheslavovich, all the best feelings on this day, let me wish you good health, good luck in your work, happiness and prosperity! Peace to you and your home! May you always be surrounded by harmony and
love, and work brings you optimism and joy!",  Krganov's greeting message reads.

Academician Naumkin is a well-known orientalist and political scientist in Russia and abroad, one of the best specialists in the history, politics and culture of the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Islamic studies, and international relations.


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