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Two Lectures and One Masterclass

Shamsiddin Kamoliddin will be Central Asia Erasmus Fellow in April 2018

  • Shamsiddin Kamoliddin
Sunday 8 April 2018 - Saturday 21 April 2018
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
006 This venue is only for the masterclass on Wednesday, 11 April. Please check below for other venues.

Shamsiddin Kamoliddin

Shamsiddin Kamoliddin is a Professor of History at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, Uzbekistan. He is an Erasmus Fellow within the two-year Erasmus Plus Mobility Project between Leiden University and Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. 

KAMOLIDDIN Shamsiddin Sirojiddin Ogly (e-mail: shamskamol@gmail.com) specialises in medieval Arabic and Islamic Studies, he is a Doctor of Historical Sciences (Tashkent, 1993) and chair of the Department of Central Asian History at the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. In 1980 he graduated from the Arabic Department of the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the Tashkent State University.

His research interests include medieval history and historical geography of Central Asia of the pre-Islamic (6th – 8th centuries) and pre-Mongol period (9th – early 13th centuries). His research is based on Arabic, Persian and Turkic sources.

Professor Kamoliddin is the author of more than 40 books, written in Uzbek, Russian and English, such as “Kitab al-Ansab” of Abu Sa‘d ‘Abd al-Karim ibn Muhammad al-Sam‘ani as a source on political and cultural history of Central Asia” (Tashkent: Fan, 1993), “Historical geography of Southern Sughd and Tokharistan in the Arabic sources of 9th – early 13th centuries” (Tashkent: O‘zbekiston, 1996), “Ancient Turkic place-names of Central Asia” (Tashkent: Sharq, 2006), “Ibn al-Athir. Al-Kamil fi-t-Ta’rikh. The Complete Book of History. Russian translation and comments by P.G.Bulgakov and S.S.Kamoliddin” (Tashkent: Uzbekistan, 2006), “Notes on the Numismatic History of Early Medieval Chach (Tashkent: IFEAC, 2007)”, “The Origin of the Samanids” (Tashkent: IFEAC, 2008), “Notes on Ancient and Medieval History of Chach” (Tashkent: Таshkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, 2009), “Ancient Turkic Toponyms of the Middle Asia. Turkic Place-names in Ancient and Medieval Textual Sources” (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010), “The Samanids. The First Local Islamic Dynasty of Central Asia” (LAP, 2011), New sorce on the historical geography of Central Asia. New studies on “al-Qand fi dhikr ‘ulama’ Samarqand” by Abu Hafs ‘Umar ibn Muhammad al-Nasafi (LAP, 2014), Agriculture and gardening of the ancient Turks (LAP, 2016), Меtallurgy and handicraft of the ancient Turks. In 2 volumes (Таshkent: Extremum-press, 2016 – 2017), Isma‘il ibn Ahmad al-Samani. Riga: Scholars-Press, 2017.

He has also translated and published some medieval textual sources such as Аbu Bakr Muhammad ibn Dja‘far аl-Narshakhi. Та’rīkh-i Bukhārā. Russian translation and commentaries (Таshkent: SMI-ASIA, 2011), Ibn Hawqal. Surat al-Ard. Uzbek translation and commentaries (Tashkent: O’zbekiston Milliy Ensiklopediyasi, 2011), New Arabian documents from Tokharistan (3rd quarter of 8th century). Text, translation and commentaries (LAP, 2012), Abu Rayhan Biruni. The Universe, the Earth, the Human. Analytical collection of selected subject fragments from the works of al-Biruni (LAP, 2012) (with P.G.Bulgakov), Two waqf documents of Tamghach Bughra-Khan in Samarqand. Теxt, translation and commentaries (LAP, 2012) (with М.Маhmudova and B.Musametov), Lawsuit on waqf of the madrasah of Arslan-Khan in Bukhara. Text, translation and commentaries (LAP, 2015), Project of reforms in Bukhara. Теxt, translation and commentaries (LAP, 2015), Letters patent of amir Timur. Text, translation and commentaries (LAP, 2015), Ibn Hawqal and his “Surat al-ard”. Part 1. Configuration of the Earth (LAP, 2017), The Waqf documents of Isma‘il al-Samani. Теxt, translation, commentaries (LAP, 2017) (with B.Мusametov), Abu-l-‘Abbas al-Baladhuri. Futuh аl-buldan. The Conquest of Khorasan. Uzbek translation and commentaries (Тashkent: Extremum-Press, 2017), Hawqal and his “Surat al-ard”. Part 2. Khorasan (LAP, 2018).

He is editor-in-chief of three journals, “Problems of ancient and medieval history of Chach” (LAP, 2013 – 2018), “Sogdian Collection. Newest studies on the history of Sogdiana in Uzbekistan” (LAP, 2013 – 2017) and “Studies on ethnogenesis and ethnic history of Central Asian peoples” (LAP, 2016 – 2018).

Professor Kamoliddin has authored about 500 articles published in Uzbek, Russian, English, Turkish and Arabic. Some of his articles were translated into Chinese, Hungarian, Spainish, German and other languages.

He was the recipient of the international award of al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Baptin “For descendants of the al-Imām al-Bukhari” (لاحفاد الامام البخاري) in the field of Oriental and Islamic studies (al-Kuwait, 1999).

He is a member of the Islamic Manuscripts Association (University of Cambridge, UK) and of the International Society for Arabic Papirology (University of Leiden, Netherlands).

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Wednesday, 11 April

Time: 9:15-11:30 hrs
Venue: Room 006, Van Eyckhof 2

You can download the readings at this link.


Qarakhanid detail, Samarqand, Uzbekistan



Monday, 16 April

Time: 9:15-11:00 hrs
Venue: Room 001, M. de Vrieshof 2

You can download the readings at this link.



Samanid Mausoleum, Bukhara, Uzbekistan



Thursday, 19 April

Time: 13:15-15:00 hrs
Venue: Room 012, M. de Vrieshof 4
You can download the readings at this link.
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