Dr. Efim A. Rezvan (foto 1) (born in 1957) - Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of "Manuscripta Orientalia", International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research and Professor at the Oriental Faculty and Faculty of Philosophy, St. Petersburg State University, Moscow center of thr Stanford University (foto 1a), is the author of dozens research works published in Russian, English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Persian, Finnish, Uzbek and Japanese.

His main field of interest is Qur'anic studies. Besides many journal and encyclopaedic articles and book sections he prepared (together with A. N. Weiraukh) the publication of the Russian Qur'an translation by D. N. Boguslavsky (foto 2) (St. Petersburg, 1995); monographs "The Qur'an and its Exegesis" (St. Petersburg, 2001, in Russian) (foto 3); "The Qur'an and its World" (Saint-Petersburg, 2001, Russian and English journal edition), (foto 4) "The Qur'an of 'Uthman (Katta-Langar, St. Petersburg, Bukhara, Tashkent) (St. Petersburg, 2002) (foto 5) (Russian, English editions, Arabic and French are following). His Arabic monograph "The Qur'an in Russia" is waiting for publication. He is a participant of the "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an" international project.

Dr. Rezvan's second field of interest is connected with the history of the Russian - Arabic relations. Here he also published series of monographs: "Rus-sian Ships in the Gulf. 1899-1903. Material from the State Central Navy Archives" (Moscow, 1990, in Arabic (foto 6) and London (foto 7), 1994, in English); "Hadjdj Century Ago: Secret Mission of Russian Officer 'Abd al-Aziz Dawletshin to Macca, 1898" (Beirut, 1994, in Arabic) (foto 8). His next book "Arabic Horse in Russia" (in Arabic) will be published soon.

Dr. Rezvan is one of the organisers of the exhibition "Pages of Perfection. Islamic Paintings and Calligraphy from the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, (Paris-New York-Lugano-Salzburg) and the co-author of its fundamental catalogue (Milano, 1995, French, English, German and Italian Editions).

Being interested in the new informational technologies Dr. Rezvan initiated and actively participated in the creation of specialised software, including the Arabic OCR system now most popular in the Arab world.

Dr. Rezvan is the author and co-ordinator of the project "Asiatic Museum. Treasures from St. Peters-burg Academic Collection of Oriental Manuscripts" (CD-ROM Series); author of the "Twelve manuscripts from the Asiatic Museum" (started in 2004), book and video series, chief editor of "Culture and Ideology of the Muslim East" book series, member of the editorial boards of several other series of scholarly publications, Russian and international scholarly journals, convenor of several important international congresses held in St. Petersburg.

He is the member of the International Advisory and Program Committee of the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) and Russian representative in the Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI). Among his scholarly awards one can mention that of the Committee of the Muslims of Asia (Tashkent, 1998) (as one the authors of the "Encyclopaedia of Islam in Russia"), Soka University Honorary Award (Tokyo, 1998) (foto 10), Golden Medal in commemoration of the Centennial of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Riyadh, 1999).

His last book "The Qur'an and Its World" was published in Russian and English (journal variant) and received the UNESCO award ("for the important contribution to the culture of non-violence and dialogue among the civilizations"), the title of the best book published in Russia in 2001 and the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2002) (foto 11).

    Dr. Efim Rezvan
    Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and
    Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
    3, Universitetskaya emb.
    199034, St. Petersburg,
    Fax: +7 (812) 328-08-12