The author traces the history of intellectual contacts between the Middle Volga region of Russia and Transoxiana through the Mustafadh al-akhbar fi ahwal Qazan wa Bulghar by the famous theologian and historian from Kazan Shihab al-Din al-Marjani (1818-89).  The generally negative image conveyed on Bukhara and the Venerable City’s madrasas by the Tatar literature of the late nineteenth – early twentieth centuries is qualified by the acknowledgement of the intellectual debt of the Middle-Volga region towards several generations of nineteenth-century Bukharan reformist thinkers.  First publication in Japanese: “Buhara to Kazan,” in Mori Masao, ed., Nairiku Ajia, Nishi Ajia no shakai to bunka [society and Culture in Inner and Western Asia], Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 1983.

The Redaction
CER: I-3.2.C-215