Head of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Head of the Department of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Oriental Faculty of the State Academic University for the Humanities
Previous position: Research Fellow, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Director , Centre for Transformation of Political Systems and Political Cultures, Political Science Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Senior Lecturer, World Politics Department, MSU.
Research interests: Maghreb Arab countries political development, historical memory, historical consciousness and national identity formation in Maghreb countries; medieval Arab-Muslim historiography, its forms, historic world map of medieval historiographer; historiography social and political functions.
Selected publications: Writing the World: Structuring the Past in Early Arab-Muslim Historiography (2007), Unity and Plurality of the World in Arab-Muslim Historical-Political Discourses of X-XV Centuries (edited by L.Repina, 2010), Life Before Nascence: History in Medieval Arab-Muslim Structure of Knowledge (2013), Valdai Discussion Club analytical report Transformation in the Arab world and Russia's interests (co-author, 2012), Russian International Affairs Council analytical report Russia and Greater Middle East (co-author, 2013). Published: A Little Blood in Troubled Waters: On the National Crisis in Tunisia, and How Fear Stops Violence That Could Have Been Avoided .