Kobishchanov Taras

The christians of the Middle East and the role of their “conspiracy” in the Archipelago expedition of the Russian navy in 1769–1774

Kobishchanov Taras (2018) "The christians of the Middle East and the role of their “conspiracy” in the Archipelago expedition of the Russian navy in 1769–1774 ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2018, vol. 57, pp. 48-58 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII201857.48-58


The history of the fi rst military and political contacts between Russia and the Arab world has long been ignored by Russian orientalists. The reason was the unwillingness to introduce the “imperialistic” component to the untainted history of Soviet-Arabic relations. Due to the studies of the recent past, we have a relatively full picture of both the course of events of 1770‒1774 and changes in the political agenda that urged local rules to enter a union with Russia. However, the reasons that underlay the alliance of Near Eastern rulers with a Christan state cannot be reduced to just basic political and economical factors. A prominent role was also played by the religious and ideological component, which is described in the article.


Archipelago Expedition, Christians of the Middle East, ‘Aly Bey Bulut Kapan, Dahir al-‘Umar, Yusuf Shihab


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Kobishchanov Taras

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in History;
Academic Rank: Associate Professor;
Place of work: Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University; 11 Mokhovaia Str., Moscow, 101999, Russian Federation;
ORCID: 0000-0001-8165-0897;
Email: kobischanov@mail.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.