Although neither very innovative nor particularly well-informed, this short survey of the work by Khujand-born historian Zarif Sharipovich Rajabov illustrates the way it is now perceived in the Academic intelligentsia of Tajikistan — viz., praised for his rediscovery and popularisation of the reformist trends of the nineteenth and early twentieth century in Bukhara (through figures like Danish, Wazih and Sami, or Uzbek-language poets Furqat and Muqimi), but also for his research on the early Soviet Tajik Persian language press (through the newspaper Shu‘la-yi inqilab of Bukhara) and on the historical work by Sadr al-Din ‘Ayni (suggesting the possibility of an intellectual continuity between the pre-Soviet and post-Stalin periods in Central Asia).

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-1.2.B-38