Reviews

In this paper and in another one published slightly thereafter—“Tabeshha-ye sufiyane dar ‘Taleb al-matlub’-e Mobarak Vakhani [Sufi Influences in the Talib al-matlub by Mubarak Wakhani],” Rudaki (Dushanbe) 7/10 (2006): 93-106—, the author shortly analyses Sufi motives and the influence of Nasir-i Khusraw, of Mawlana, of ‘Attar, and above all of Khwaja ‘Abd-Allah Ansari on the work of the Muslim theologian and astrologist, Isma‘ili missionary (da‘i) and gnostic poet Mubarak Wakhani (1842-1902)—especially in his Talib al-matlub, a collection of munajat, du‘as and iltijas very close by its form and inspiration to Ansari’s Ilahi-Nama.  The author also devotes interesting paragraphs to the way Mubarak uses vernacular Dari expressions common to the people of Wakhan, in connection with the poetic valuation of regional and local dialects, or valuation of corporation vocabulary, in the Persian-language Sufi tradition.  The paper ends with considerations on Sufi influence in the ethics developed by the poet throughout his work.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-5.2.A-419