This article reconsiders the emergence of the bayaz tradition in Central Asia. Compared with a collection of 105 bayaz preserved in the Biruni Oriental Institute in Tashkent, the 38 items of the National Library in Paris prove to be of particular interest to historians. Whereas it has been assumed that the bayaz has appeared in Central Asia in the mid-sixteenth century, the author has discovered among the 38 items mentioned four manuscripts dating from the second half of the fifteenth century. The accurate codicological and textual analysis of these texts reveals that they correspond to an intermediary type between diwan and bayaz.

Alexandre Papas, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.3.C-584