Kudriavtceva Anna Yuryevna

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25 November 1982 (1982-11-25), Leningrad

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Biography, education, career:

She was graduated with honors from the Faculty of Asian and African Studies of St. Petersburg State University with Bachelor Degree (Iranian philology) in 2008 and with Master Degree (Asian and African Cultures) in 2010. In 2007 she attended courses for the improvement of qualifications on the Persian language and literature in Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran. From 2010 to 2013 she was a postgraduate student at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera). In December 2018 she defended her PhD thesis “The Qur’an as a Source on Material Culture of Arabia at the Turn of VI—VII centuries” (supervisor – E. Rezvan). Since 2010 she works as an Editor (Web projects) at “Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research”, since 2017 – as an Academic Secretary at the International Center for Islamic Studies (MAE RAS) and since 2018 – as a Junior Researcher at the Department of Central Asia (MAE RAS). Since 2012 she became a research fellow at the International Research Project “Corpus Coranicum Petropolitana”. In the framework of the research project “The Material World of the Qur’an (daily life in Arabia at the time of the Prophet)” she took part in international ethnographic expeditions to Oman, Jordan (2017) and Qatar (2018).

Areas of expertise: Islamic studies; History and ethnography of the peoples of the Near and Middle East; Ethnography of everyday life; History and ethnography of the peoples of Central Asia; Qur’anic studies; diversity of Islamic world; ethnobotany


• Mind, Soul, Spirit, Body… Baba Afdal and His Treatise Madarij al-Kamal // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2011. Vol. 17 No. 1. P. 11–19.

• Book Review: Dinah Jung. An Ethnography of Fragrance: the Perfumery Arts of ‘Adan / Lahj. Islamic History and Civilization. Studies and Texts. Ed. board S. Günther, W. Kadi. Vol. 84. Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2011. 284 pp. // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2011. Vol. 17 No. 2. P. 62–65.

• Translation of the Qur’an and Ethnography of Daily Life // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2013. Vol. 9. No. 2. P. 19–25 (in cooperation with E. Rezvan).

• “And Thy Robes Purify!” – Clothes (Libas) in the Qur’an // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2014. Vol. 20. No. 1. P. 23–33. • “As if they were Jacinths and Coral” — Adornments (Hilya, Zina) in the Qur’an // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2014. Vol. 20. No. 2. P. 10–17.

• Человек в Коране и доисламской поэзии: учебное пособие. С.-Петерб. гос. ун-т. СПб.: Президентская библиотека, 2016 (in cooperation with E. Rezvan).

• Женщина живая и идеальная: Коран и доисламская поэзия об аравитянках времен пророка // Женщина и ислам: сб. ст. / под ред. А. К. Бустанова. М.: Дизарт Тим, 2017. С. 26–46 (in cooperation with E. Rezvan).

• Earthly Maiden and Heavenly Maiden (on the Interpretation of the Image of Woman in Pre Islamic Poetry and the Qur’an) // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2017. Vol. 23. No. 1. P. 10–20 (in cooperation with E. Rezvan).

• “Winds Don't Blow the Way Ships Want Them to”. The Fate and Work of Ksenia Kashtalyova. I // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2018. Vol. 24. No. 2. P. 33 42 (in cooperation with M. Kolesnikova, A. E. Rezvan, M. Rezvan).

• Banana, Acacia and “Levels of Paradise”. Acacia raddiana (Savi) Brenan / Acacia gerrardii Benth in the Qur’an // Manuscripta Orientalia. 2018. Vol. 24. No. 2. P. 26–32.

• Лексико-грамматический строй Корана (пословный лексико-грамматический анализ текста Корана). URL:

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