Founded on October 22, 1991.
The main lines of its research are:
- studies in history, language, material and spiritual culture of East countries;
- studies in history, language, material and spiritual culture of the nations of oriental origin, that lived or still live on the territory of today’s Ukraine;
- historical and cultural relationships of Ukraine with Islamic world;
- studies in socio-economic development of Eastern countries in the context of contemporary geopolitical problems (Near and Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus, China and Japan);
- traditional societies of East and South-East Asia and India, their history and today.
Major achievements of the Institute:
The following monographs have been published:
Matveyeva L. V. “A. Krymsky – Unchallenged Secretary of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Selected Epistolary” (1997);
Bubenok O. B. “Jases and Brodniks in the Steppes of Eastern Europe (6th – Early 13th Centuries)” (1997);
Matveyeva L. V. “Julian Kulakovsky” (2002);
Rybalkyn V. S. “Classical Arabic Linguistics” (2003);
Bubenok O. B. “Alanes-Ases in the Golden Horde (13–15th Centuries)” (2004);
Otroshchenko I. V. “The Role of Buddhist Church in National and Liberation Movement of Mongolia (1905–1911)” (2005);
Kochubey Yu. M., Tsigankova Ye. G. “Studies in Oriental Arts in Ukraine (1920–1930-s) (2005);
Tsigankova Ye. G. “Oriental-Studies Institutions in Ukraine (Soviet Period)” (2007).
A new book series has been started: “Scholarly Legacy of Ukrainian Orientalists”, in which scholarly achievements of Ukrainian orientalists forgotten or obliterated from Ukrainian history are investigated. Issued recently have been: “Epistolary Legacy of Agathangel Krymsky (1890-1941)” in 2 vols. (2005); “Selected Oriental Studies” by A. Krymsky in 5 volumes have been published: Vol. I “Arabic Studies”; Vol. II “Turkish Studies”; (2007) Vol. III “Iranian Studies” (2008).