On the basis of a limited amount of oral information collected since the mid-1950s (notably in Samarqand) and preserved in the Fond of Tajik Folklore, as well as relying more classically on riwayat scattered in a number of written sources, the author sketches the mythicised portrait of the mystic and poet Kamal Khujandi as it has been transmitted to our days through different traditions (notably through literary repertories and funny anecdotes: latayif, ‘askiyya).  So doing, D.O. draws up the portrait of a typical Central Asian medieval saint (wali) as established, and consecrated till nowadays, by local and regional collective memory.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-544