A renowned historian of the city of Qarshi (ancient Nasaf) and of its learned milieus, the author introduces the contribution of al-Qand fi dhikr ‘ulama’ Samarqand [The Sweet in the Mention of the Scholars of Samarqand], a biographical dictionary of the city’s Hadith collectors and transmitters from the eighth to the twelfth century CE, by the Qarshi-born, Samarqand-based scholar of the Qarakhanid period Najm al-Din Abu-Hafs ‘Umar b. Muhammad al-Nasafi al-Maturidi (1068-1142). A concise presentation of the known manuscripts and of the recent editions of al-Qand is followed by a textological introduction. Stressing the author’s reliance on the ‘histories of Samarqand’ written, respectively, by al-Idrisi (d. 1015) and al-Mustahfiri (d. 1041), the author rapidly evokes its originality, reproducing the biographies of eight eleventh- and twelfth-century scholars originating from the city of Marghilan.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-3.4.B-251