Reviews

This commemorative paper is devoted to Mamatkul Juraev, a leading figure of the Uzbek school of collection and edition of oral epic traditions, and of research on the genesis and typology of epic themes and genres, who was active successively at the Bukhara University and at the Navoi Pedagogical Institute in Nurota.  The authors successively assess Juraev’s contribution on subjects as varied as traditional calendars (Navruz, 1992; Uzbek khalq taqvimi va mifologik afsonalar, 1994), magical numbers in the traditional beliefs of the Uzbeks (e.g., Uzbek khalq ertaklarida ‘sehrli’ raqamlar, 1991), the Arabic roots of some beliefs and oral traditions of Islamic Transoxiana (Uzbek mifologiiasi va arab fol’klori, with Sh. Shomusarov, 2001—with paragraphs on the jinns and ghuls, and on figures like Khizr or the Ashab al-Kahf, or on the Qaf Mountain).  The authors also assess Juraev’s activity as a collector of oral traditions (from his Ipak iuli afsonalari, 1993, to the Bukhoro afsonalari published in 2002 together with his disciple R. Saidova—in this book Juraev proposes an original reflection on archetypal figures such as Khoja Ubbon, Gavomard, and the Qirq Qiz.  The paper is ended with the evocation of the continuation of Juraev’s work by his pupils in Uzbekistan: O. Qaiumov (Uzbek fol’klorida pari obrazi [The Image of the Fairy in Uzbek Folklore], 1991), U. Sattorov (Uzbek khalq toponimik rivoiatlari [Uzbek People’s Toponymical Legends], 2001), M. Rahmonova (Uzbek khalq tarikhii afsonalarining uziga khos khususiiatlari, genezisi va tasnifi [The Specificity, Genesis and Composition of Uzbek People’s Historical Legends], 2004), and Z. Jumaev (Uzbek khalq tarikhii rivoiatlari [Uzbek People’s Historical Legends], 2005).

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