Reviews

The present study is based on manuscript Persian chronicles, published or not, mostly preserved in unique copies in Tashkent, Dushanbe and St. Petersburg—with special interest in the Ta’rikh-i Kumuli by Mulla Jum‘a-Qul Urghuti (Tashkent) and in the Zafar-nama-yi khusrawi (of which the author omits to mention the edition by Manuchehr Sotude: see notably Abstracta Iranica 22 (1999), 119), both sources emanating from Bukhara, as well as in the Muntakhab al-tawarikh by Muhammad-Hakim Khan Tura of Kokand.  Comparing these texts with published and better known sources, the author deals with the key role played by the Iranian Shiites in the demographic and economic recovery of the Emirate of Bukhara after the heavy losses incurred by the country during Nadir Shah’s campaigns—for instance during Shah Murad’s reign with the deportation of near twenty thousand Shiites from the city of Marv to the emirate’s capital, or under Nasr-Allah Bahadur Khan with the role played by ‘Abd al-Samad “Nayib-i Irani” and his Iranian gunners in Bukhara’s military administration, especially in the conquest and in the short occupation of Kokand in 1842.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-3.4.B-266