The ICRI publishes the journal of Caucasology, entitled Amirani. Articles concerning the peoples, cultures and languages of the Caucasus, from the perspective of any of the humanities or social sciences, will be considered for publication. The articles may be written in English, French, Georgian, German, Russian, or any other language accessible to a significant number of Caucasologists.
There is Thousands of years of history to this region, with further studies continuously taking place which concern its people and culture. This journal aims to be a useful source for anyone looking to pursue an online education in the field of Caucasology. Through the Institutes commitment to establishing international and academic contacts, we are able to collate some of the most valuable articles on this subject.
By having each volume of Amirani available online, it vastly increases the accessibility of these materials to those who are interested in this particular topic. Its also invites those who have already gained completed significant studies on the Caucasus region to submit relevant and scholarly articles for publication. Archived articles are also available on this website, as is information on events of interest and other information-sharing activities.
This project is in essence the continuation of the research on traditional Central Caucasian religion funded in 1999-2002, with a shift in orientation motivated primarily by observations made in the field at that time. The primary goal of my research during this period was the documentation and analysis of the surviving remnants of highland Caucasian "paganism", a syncretic religious system comprising elements appropriated from Georgian Orthodox Christianity, but whose core principles go back much further in time.
Orientalism as a scholarly discipline took the first steps in Western Europe at the beginning of the 19th century. In Paris, leading Orientalists studying the history of Asian countries engaged in scholarly and educational activities. In 1818 the "Asian Society" was founded in Calcutta, followed by the "Asian Museum" in Petersburg, and in 1822 the "Asian Society" was established in Paris, whose Academic Council cooperated fruitfully with both.
Georgian writers and public figures of the 1860s showed immense interest in bringing to light and studying remains of Georgian material culture. In this respect, Giorgi Tsereteli – a writer, publicist, philologist, criticist, naturalist and simultaneously – a historian, archaeologist, deserves special attention. G.Tsereteli left a certain imprint on the development of Georgian archaeology as a scholarly discipline and therefore his activities stand in need for special study.