Leons Taivans

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Professor Leons Taivans, Head of the Department of Asian Studies, University of Latvia .


Dr.hist. degree has received from Moscow University (1991).

Fields of interest: History and anthropology of Southeast Asia.

He is the author of six books in Russian and Latvian.




PhD from Moscow University (1991).

Latvia's leading expert in religions, professor at the Department of Asian Studies, Latvia University,

2004-2010 Head of the Department of Asian Studies, University of Latvia .

Fields of interest: History and anthropology of Southeast Asia.

Published monographs:

  • L. Taivan. Krestyanskiye vosstaniya na Filippinah. (Moskva: Nauka, 1980,)117p. (“Peasant Uprisings in 20th Century Philippines”, in Russian)
  • L.Taivan, Po Latgalyi (Moskva: Isskusstvo, 1988) 170 p. (“History of Latgallia”, in Russian)
  • L.G. Taivans Teoloģijas vēsture I. Pirmkristīgo laikmets (AD 1-313), R.,"Ceļš", 1995, 262p. ("History of Theology. The Primitive Church. AD 1—313", Vol. I, in Latvian)
  • L.G.Taivan, Vostochnaya Misteriya. Politiya v Religioznom Soznanii indoneziycev (Moskva: Vostochnaya literatura, 2001) 240 p. («Mystery of Orient. Polity and the Religious Mind of Indonesians», in Russian).
  • L.G. Taivans, E. Taivāne. Reliģiju vēsture. Skolēna grāmata.
  • (Riga: ”RaKa”, 2003), 301 pp. "History of Religion. Text Book", in Latvian.
  • L.G. Taivans, E. Taivāne. Reliģiju vēsture. Skolotāja grāmata. (Riga: ”RaKa”, 2003), 414pp. "History of Religion. Instructor's Manual", in Latvian.
  • L.G.Taivans. Tuvo Austrumu civilizācija. Osmaņu impērija (Riga: ”RaKa”, 2009), 223 p. "Middle East Civilization. Ottoman Empire", in Latvian;
  • L.G.Taivans (Ed.) Pasaules reliģiju enciklopēdiskā vārdnīca. Kristietība. 1.sējums A-C, , (Riga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2009", Enyclopedia of World Religions. Christianity," Vol. 1, in Latvian;
  • L.G.Taivans (Ed.) Pasaules reliģiju enciklopēdiskā vārdnīca. Kristietība. 2.sējums D-Ģ Vol. 2., (Riga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2009 "Enyclopedia of World Religions. Christianity," in Latvian
  • L.G.Taivans (Coauthor, ed. A. B. Zubov) Istoriia Rossii [The History of Russia], vol. 2, XX vek [The 20th Century]1939–2007 (Moscow: Astrel, 2009)