Shagdaryn Bira

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Professor Shagdaryn Bira

Professor Shagdaryn Bira (born September 1927) is a Mongolian historian and scholar noted for his research that examines the history, culture, religion, and languages of the Mongols.[1][2][3] This research covers a wide area from ancient ties between Mongolia, India and Tibet to Ghenghis Khan's Mongolian Empire to Mongolian communism in the 20th century.[4][5][6][7]

Since 1987, he has served as the General Secretary for the International Association for Mongol Studies and worked as a visiting professor at universities and research institutes in several countries, including Russia, France, India, and Japan.[8][9] He has written numerous books, including the Mongolian Historiography in the 13th-17th Centuries, and contributed various chapters/volumes to UNESCO's History of Civilizations of Central Asia.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Dr. Bira is also President of the Roerich Society of Mongolia and Director of The Nicholas Roerich Museum and Shambhala Art Institute.[16][17] He worked with Glenn Mullin to save the Roerich house in Mongolia and restore it as a museum and art gallery.[18][19][20] Professor Bira is the oldest living student of George Roerich.[20]

In 2006 he was awarded the Fukuoka Prize.[9]


  1. ^ "Shagdaryn Bira - The 17th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize : Academic Prize".
  2. ^ "About the Expedition - Field Expedition: Mongolia, National Geographic". Archived from the original on 2016-06-08.
  3. ^ Монгол Тулгатан (7 December 2015). "[Монгол Тулгатны 100 эрхэм] - Ш.Бира" – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Jargal Dambadarjaa (17 November 2011). "Bira Shagdar" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "К изучению истории культа Тнгри у монголов".
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  7. ^ Lin, Albert Yu-Min (2012-03-12). "Globalization Through the Eyes of a Nomad". National Geographic (blogs). Retrieved 2016-05-30.
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  9. ^ a b "Academic Prize 2006, Shagdaryn BIRA - Laureates - Fukuoka Prize". Fukuoka Prize.
  10. ^ ""The Secret History of the Mongols" by Bira, Shagdaryn - UNESCO Courier, September 1989 - Online Research Library: Questia".
  11. ^ BIRA
  12. ^ "Historical Dictionary of Mongolia".
  13. ^ Elisseeff, Vadime (1 January 1998). "The Silk Roads: Highways of Culture and Commerce". Berghahn Books – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "" (PDF). External link in |title= (help)
  15. ^ Bira, Sh; Krueger, John R. (John Richard) (1 January 2002). "Mongolian historical writing from 1200 to 1700 / Shagdaryn Bira ; translated from the original Russian by John R. Krueger and revised and updated by the author". Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington Universioty – via National Library of Australia.
  16. ^ "Roerich Shambhala Museum and Art Institute opens in Mongolia". Lion's Roar. 13 August 2009.
  17. ^ glennmullin (30 July 2011). "Vol 7: Prof. S. Bira, Portrait of a Mongol Hero".
  18. ^ "Roerich Mongolia Website".
  19. ^ "Roerich Mongolia Website".
  20. ^ a b Watch, Theosophy (15 August 2014). "Land of Mystery: Roerich's Shambhala".