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Inserted into a special volume of the journal of the Institute of Iranian Studies of Dushanbe (patronized by the Islamic Republic of Iran) devoted to Nasir-i Khusraw and his spiritual legacy in present-day Tajikistan, the present paper focuses on the typology of contemporary orisons and exordia in Isma‘ili Badakhshan.  The author has been particularly interested in the distribution of roles in this field between Arabic, Persian and vernacular Pamirian languages, according to circumstances—Persian being imparted the status of a semi-sacred language, whilst Pamirian languages most often play the part of subsidiary idioms.  The orisons and exordia studied in this paper, all in Persian, are classified according to the circumstances of their production (everyday life, consumption of specific meals, departure to a journey, etc.).  Unfortunately, as usually in publications on the same theme, neither the conditions, places and dates of the collection are indicated, nor the identity of the informant, nor the technical means involved in the gathering of the material. (A transcription of this paper into Arabic alphabet can be found pp. 139-56.)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-5.2.A-418