Reviews

Out of the 10,000 documents from the respective chanceries of the Emirate of Bukhara and the Khanates of Khiva and Kokand preserved at the Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of Tashkent ― the second public collection of Uzbekistan after the 100,000 items preserved in the country’s State Central Archive ―, the Editors of the present volume provide a precise description of a collection of 1,713 Khivian judicial acts from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century recently acquired for the Institute in 1992 by Prof. Toru Horikawa. Most of these documents are private law deeds, with a majority of sale, rent, and waqf deeds for plots, houses, shops, workshops, etc. The collection also contains acknowledgements of debts. For each document, the same formulary was being used, with precise mention the date of its establishment, of the contracting parties’ respective names and places of residence, of the limits of the plots, houses, shops, etc. with indication of neighbouring topographic objects, of the witnesses’ names, as well as the name of the deed’s author himself. Besides significant data of the economic life of the Khanate of Khiva during almost all the period of its existence, this catalogue also provides the readership with important information on the social and material culture of the time (with a number of tribe and family names, as well as technical data on fields as varied as construction, irrigation, fabrics, jewellery, etc.), to say nothing indeed of judicial practice and of the functioning of courts in the Khanate. The documents presented in the catalogue are classified according to the numeration adopted when they were deposed at the Institute in 1992, without attention for their dates and contents. Their description offers data on all their distinctive features, as well as the mention of those written in Persian language. The catalogue has been smartly enriched by a glossary of technical terms and by several extremely detailed indexes of proper names (of persons, of places, of ethnic groups, of seals’ legends, of books mentioned in the texts).

The Redaction
CER: II-1.1.C-17