In his message to the Congress, His Highness expressed his view that "this gathering will go a long way towards establishing a clear vision and direction for Oriental Studies, such that these may contribute even more meaningfully to the dialogues that recent global developments have inspired." He also expressed his happiness at the participation of the Institute's scholars at that Congress.
The Society of Orientalists of the Russian Empire was founded on 29th February, 1900. Since its inception more than a century earlier, the Society has held its International Congresses in Tokyo, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Budapest and Montreal. Its goal is to represent Russian Oriental Studies in international orientalist organizations as well as widen its scholarly contacts among orientalists from all over the world.
A number of scholars from The Institute of Ismaili Studies participated in this year's conference through the efforts of the Central Asian Studies Unit (CASU) which, in collaboration with the IOS, organised a section on Studies about Pamir and Northern Caucasus. The Section included 25 presentations by Russian, Tajik and Osetian scholars. The major themes of presentations ranged from the fields of Ismaili/Islamic and Religious Studies to Ethnic, Development and Linguistic studies.
IIS scholars who presented papers to the Congress included:
Sarfaroz Niyozov also acted as a Section Chair.