Issues 1-2 (VII-VIII)
Series dedicated to the Christian culture of peoples of Asia and Africa
The State Hermitage Museum jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences
with the support of Interros Holding Company has resumed the publication
of the academic journal Christian East dedicated to history
and culture of the Christian peoples of Asia and Africa.
Christian East was founded in 1912 by the Imperial Academy of Sciences
on the initiative of the outstanding Russian orientalists, academicians
Boris A. Turayev and Nikolay Ya. Marr and corresponding member of the
Academy Vladimir N. Beneshevich. During ten years the editors published
six issues of Christian East which became a remarkable event in
the Russian eastern studies. Soon after the Bolshevik takeover the journal
stopped to be published.
In 1998 a number of scholars from Moscow and St. Petersburg decided to
resume the publication. Mikhail B. Piotrovsky, corresponding member of
the Russian Academy of Sciences, became its editor-in-chief.
Christian culture is one of the priorities of Russian science, since Russia
has always been a Christian country and part of the Christian East.
However, this serious academic publication has become a remarkable event
for the international science as well.
Positive reviews of the first issues of Christian East point out
such characteristics of this new journal as very high professionalism
and extensive knowledge of the authors or readiness to cooperate with
scholars from other countries and publish materials in any languages.
Revival of the academic tradition shows that Russia has preserved its
scientific potential carrying forth the legacy of Eastern Christian studies
whose achievements are well remembered by the academic world.
The publication includes four sections, articles, notes and commentary,
history of science and reviews and bibliography.
More than fifty scholars from Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Israel, Germany,
Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, United States and
Canada took part in the first two issues of Christian East.
The second issue of the new series was dedicated to the 2000th anniversary
of Christianity and 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity
by Armenia. Editors intend to publish special additions which will include
monographs about Eastern Christianity. This is to make Christian East
one of the most important academic publications of modern Russia based
on the best achievement of the world’s science of history and culture
of the Christian world.
Christian East is published by Aletheia Publishing House which
closely cooperates with the State Hermitage Museum in its publishing activities.