A presentation ceremony of scientific publications of the International Institute of Central Asian Studies (IICAS) for 2008-2013 was held on December 17, buy 2013 at the State Museum of Timurides History.
The International Institute of Central Asian Studies was officially founded in 1995 and is a UNESCO center category 2. IICAS member-countries are Azerbaijan, look Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The International Institute of Central Asian Studies is headquartered in Samarkand.
Primary objective of the IICAS is to attract world community’s attention to the questions of historical-cultural development of the Central Asia and expand collaboration between local scholars and their colleagues abroad by means multidisciplinary study of the region. Main IICAS directions provide for scientific research into historical and cultural heritage of the Central Asia, the UNESCO promotion in implementing Great Silk Road and Central Asia programs, conduct of conferences and seminars to discuss questions of historical-cultural heritage of the Central Asia, publication of scientific books and journals in Russian and English languages.
For more than 15 years the IICAS has carried out 15 large-scale international scientific projects related to the disciplinary research into the history of the Central Asian region. These included «Artistic Culture of the Central Asia and Azerbaijan in the 9-14th centuries», «Prominent Archaeological Monuments of the Central Asia on the Silk Road», «The History of the Central Asia in Manuscript and Documentary Heritage», «Social and Cultural Reformation in the Central Asia and the Caucasus, 19-earlier 20th centuries», «Historical Cartography of the Central Asia», etc.
The IICAS hosted upwards of 18 international and regional scientific conferences and theoretical seminars: «Cultures and Civilizations of the Central Asia in Their Unity and Diversity», «Culture of Peoples of the Central Asia on the Great Silk Road», «Road of Strabo as a Part of the Silk Road», «Mirzo Ulugbek and His Contribution to the Development of Science», «Cultural Transfer at the Crossroads of the Central Asia: Before, During and After the Silk Road». These conferences were attended by researchers from Central Asian countries, France, Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Russia, Korea, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, China, etc.
Scientific results of the IICAS-initiated projects have been published in more than 50 editions. Worthy of note are fundamental publications, including «Artistic Culture of the Central Asia and Azerbaijan (9-15th centuries)» in 4 volumes; «Outstanding Archaeological Monuments on Great Silk Road», «Suzani: Traditional Embroidery of the Central Asia», as well as ? 3-volume «The History of the Central Asia in Ottoman Documents», «Historical Atlas of Asia by Karl von Spruner», «Catalogue of Documents on the History of the Central Asia//Samarqand State Museum of History, Art and Architecture. Regularly published: «Bulletin of the IICAS».