Reviews

This purely philological study of the recently rediscovered and still very incompletely collected work of the Naqshbandi saint and martyr ‘Abd al-Hayy Mujakharfi (1867-1931), a Persian-language gnostic poet from the Qarategin Valley (now Rasht, in present-day central Tajikistan), offers a tentative catalogue of the variety of a wide range of rhetorical figures (isti‘ara, tazzad, talmih, tazmin, etc.) used by the latter in a recently edited though still provisional diwan (cf. Ali Muhammadi Khurosoni & Buri Bachabek Karim, eds., Mufid-ul-akhbor va divoni ash‘or, Moscow: Intransdornauka, 2003). The author must be credited with a clear introduction, and with a short survey of the history of ‘Abd al-Hayy’s rediscovery since the very first publication of an article on him in the local press in 1974. It is to be deplored that, in conformity with Soviet philological tradition, ‘Abd al-Hayy’s work is totally detached from its historical context; the only comparisons provided by the author deal with classical pre-modern poets like Hafiz, whose name appears in ‘Abd al-Hayy’s work, nothing at all being said of the rich Islamic religious, mystical and literary sociability of the Qarategin area in the late Tsarist and early Soviet periods.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-5.2.B-450