Reviews

This paper shortly describes the resources on the pre-modern literary genre of pilgrimage account (hajj-nama) in Tatar language preserved in the Library of the Institute of Language, Literature and History of the Academy of sciences of Tatarstan in Kazan, in the Rare Books Department of the Scientific Library of Kazan State University, and in the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies.  Unfortunately, only a limited amount of eighteenth-century texts are superficially dealt with, their complete references being provided neither in the text, nor in the notes.  The gradual strengthening of the Russian state is perceived as the main cause for the expansion of hajj practice and narrative in the Volga region from the seventeenth century onwards.  The English text, like that of many other contributions in the same volume, suffers from poor editing work.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.3.B-568