The author assesses the available literature on the life and work of the early eighteenth-century gnostic poet Mashrab (Namangan, 1640–Balkh, 1711), from late sixteenth to early twentieth-century Turkic literary repertories (tadhkiras), seventeenth and eighteenth-century variations on his works (by poets like Surat, Bikhud, Nazim Harawi, Shawkat Bukharayi, Rafi‘ Shahid, etc.), modern academic reappraisals by Tsarist specialists of Oriental studies in Central Asia (N. S. Lykoshin, N. I. Veselovskii, N. P. Ostroumov, V. P. Nalivkin), early twentieth polemics on the paternity of some of Mashrab’s works (e.g., between V. L. Viatkin and ‘Abd al-Ra’uf Fitrat, then from Ghafur Ghulom to Ismatulloh Abdullaev on the mathnawis “Mabda‘-i nur” and “Kimiya”), the debates of the 1970s on varied aspects of Mashrab’s life and work, and the great editions of the 1980s and early 1990s.

The Redaction
CER: I-6.3.C-595