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After the disintegration of the USSR five new republics have been formed within the Central Asian subregion: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Since the composition of the International Scientific Committee no longer corresponded to the situation in the region, the Director-General proposed that the States of the Committee be amended and the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted the following amendment (141 EX/35):
"The Committee shall consist of 16 members appointed as follows: twelve (12) members who are nationals of Member States of UNESCO belonging to the Central Asian region – one from each Member State; and four (4) members from other regions". In 1993 new members of the Committee were appointed by the Director-General.

International Scientific Committee from 1980 -  1993

International Scientific Committee since 1993

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C. ADLE

Iranian archaeologist and Director of Research in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, French Ministry of Research and Technology), he is the President of the International Scientific Committee since 1996 after the tragic death of Professor Asimov (Tajikistan). Professor of Iranian History in the Islamic period, Director for historical and archaeological studies in the Irano-French Research Institute (IFRI) in Iran. Was awarded the Bronze Medal for archaeological discoveries in Iran. Author of multiple articles in Studia Iranica, Encyclopaedia Iranica, Acta Orientale Hungaricae, Art et Société dans le Monde Iranien, a Book on Bicentenaire de Téhéran, in co-operation with B. Hourcade, and so on. He is one of the Chief-Editors of Volume V of the History.
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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D. ALIMOVA

Graduated in Uzbekistan in the Tashkent State University, she is the author of many scientific works, such as Women’s Question Resolution in Uzbekistan, Women’s Question in the Republics of Central Asia: the History of Investigation and Modern Problems, Historic Science in Uzbekistan in the first third of the 20th century, and so on. She is presently Head of History and Historiography Department of the Institute of History, Uzbek Academy of Sciences.
Uzbek Academy of Sciences

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M. ANNANEPESOV

Professor of pre-Soviet and Modern History of Central Asia at the University of Ashgabat, Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan he has published more than 200 articles in several scientific bulletins, as well as several monographs.

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K. BAIPAKOV

Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Archaeology Margulan, Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, he is specialized in the Medieval history of Central Asia as well as in the study of petroglyphs of northern and southern Kazakhstan. He has published a large number of articles in Western specialized journals and reviews, such as Studia Iranica, several catalogues and monographs on the region of Otrar and on the Silk Road. He is also Co-editor of Volume V of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia.
Volumes : IV

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Sh. BIRA

Professor of Mongol History and Vice-president of the Academy of Sciences of Mongolia, he is presently the General-Secretary of the International Institute of Mongol Studies in Ulan Bator. He has published several books on Mongolian history and historiography and scientific articles in western journals and reviews. He is the author of many chapters of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia.

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A. H. DANI

Professor Emeritus at the Qaid-i-Azam University, Centre for the Study of Civilizations of Central Asia in Islamabad, Pakistan, for many years, he is presently Adviser on archaeology in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Government of Pakistan. He is Chief-Editor of Volume I of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia and Vice-president of the International Scientific Committee of this History since the very beginning of the project and also Editor of several scientific journals and bulletins, such as Ancient Pakistan, Journal of Central Asia, and so on. In 1985, was awarded the gold medal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. He is the author of more than 60 books on prehistory, history, Islamic architecture and arts of Central Asia published in Europe, Pakistan, India and several other regions. He is one of the best-known scholars from Pakistan specialized in the archaeology and history of the regions of the Hindu Kush, Himalayas and the Indus valley. He is the author of many chapters of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia.

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R. FARHADI

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he studied in the Institut d’études politiques at the Sorbonne University in Paris, he was Associate Professor at the Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle and Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, United States of America. At present he is the Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic State of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York. He is author of several articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and the Encyclopaedia Iranica.

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H.-P. FRANCFORT

Director of Research in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, French Ministry of Research and Technology), he has excavated in Afghanistan for long periods. At present he is Director of several archaeological expeditions in Siberia and Kazakhstan. He is the author of several articles in many specialized international bulletins and journals, such as Mémoire de la Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan, Journal Asiatique, South Asian Archaeology, Arts Asiatiques, IASCCA Information Bulletin, and especially in the Mémoires de la Mission Archéologiques Française en Asie Centrale, in which he is Co-editor of the Répertoires des pétroglyphes d’Asie Centrale.
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

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IRFAN HABIB

Professor of History at the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University, and President of the Indian History Congress, he is the Rapporteur of the International Scientific Committee since 1995. He is specialized in medieval and modern history of India and has published several books such as the Cambridge Economic History of India, Peasant and Artisan Resistance in Mughal India (16th & 17th centuries), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire, and more than fifty articles in specialized journals and bulletins. He is one of the Editors of Volume V.

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L. MIROSHNIKOV

Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Oriental Studies and Head of the Section for the Study of Culture of Central Asia, member of the Geographical Society and of the International Association for the Study of Cultures of Central Asia (IASCCA) of the Russian Federation, he has also worked in the UNESCO Secretariat as Head of the Section of Central Asian and European Studies. He is the author of several books such as Policy of Great Britain in Iran (1914-1920), Studies of Civilizations of Central Asia: an Experience of International Co-operation under UNESCO, Les civilisations de l’Asie centrale et leur étude, and of many articles in the IASCCA Information Bulletin.

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M. SHUKUROV

Professor of Literature at the Tajik Academy of Sciences and member of many associations of writers of Tajikistan, he is the author of many books and articles concerning Tajik and Persian philosophy, literature and poetry.

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D. SINOR

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Central Eurasian Studies at the Indiana University in Bloomington, he is one of the scholars who contributed to preparing the History since its inception. He has been Vice-president of the International Scientific Committee from the very beginning. He is also the Secretary General of the Permanent International Altaistic Conference (PIAC) at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is the author of many books and articles in specialized American and European reviews and journals and Editor of several studies and books, such as The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia. He is one of the best-known scholars of the history of Turkic peoples and a specialist of Mongol studies and author of many chapters of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia.
Indiana University in Bloomington

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A. TABYSHALIEVA

Doctor of History at the Kyrgyz National University, she has been Vice-president of the International Scientific Committee since 1995. She is the author of many publications and articles about the impact of Islam in Central Asia and especially in Kyrgyzstan and has participated in several international conferences.

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I. TOGAN

Presently Professor at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, she has been Visiting Associate Professor of Inner Asian History and Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islamic Societies and Civilizations at Washington University. She has published several reviews and books such as Differences among Semi-nomadic Groups in the Ottoman Empire and The Mongols’ Trade Partners.

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H. UMEMURA

Professor at the Faculty of General Education, Rissho University in Tokyo, Japan, he is also Research Fellow at the Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library) in Tokyo. He has published many articles such as Uyghur Manuscripts Preserved in the People’s Republic of China, Bibliography of Central Asian Studies in Japan, Official Power in the Uyghuristan of the 13th century, and so on.
Rissho University in Tokyo

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WU YUNGUI

Professor and President of the Institute of History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, he has been Vice-president of the International Scientific Committee since 1995. He has been visiting professor at the School of Oriental African Studies, University of London. He has published many works on Hami and Turfan in the Ming Dynasty and on the Karluks in the Yuan Dynasty.

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