Reviews

Based on the eighteenth-century Persian-language biographical dictionary Silsila-yi khwajagan-i naqshbandiyya (Biruni Institute, Tashkent, inv. 856) by Muhammad-Tahir Ishan b. Muhammad-Tayyib Khwarazmi, this study focuses of this author’s treatment of Ya‘qub Charkhi (c. 1363-1447)’s views on the role of the ruler, as it has been developed in the latter’s treatise Risala dar manaqib wa ‘aqayid. Comparing these views with those developed five centuries earlier by Farabi (translated into Uzbek by M. Khairullaev), the author stresses analogies between the two thinkers on issues like the role to be played beside the ruler by a “circle [halqa]” of literati; the attention to be given by the ruler to his destitute subjects; the ruler’s necessarily strict personal ethics, etc. If his study usefully stresses the topicality of the Risala dar manaqib wa ‘aqayid in eighteenth-century Transoxiana, it poorly documents the specific context in which the Silsila-yi khwajagan-i naqshbandiyya was written, and loftily ignores the early mediaeval Persian and Turkic sources of Ya‘qub Charkhi’s thought.

The Redaction
CER: II-4.3.D-415