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Mirza Sadiq Munshi Jandari (c. 1750-1819)’s Persian mathnawi “Raf‘-i tuman-i Ahugir wa Khayrabad [Journey to the Province of Doehunting & Prosperland],” the poetic evocation of a journey in Bukhara’s satellite villages, is studied from the viewpoint of the text’s belonging to the specific genre of travelogue (sayyahat-nama).  Some forty villages are described through their population’s hard living condition and the local ruler’s indifference to the people’s sufferings.  This article’s essentially paraphrastic comment insists on the role of the sayyahat-nama (travelogue) genre for conveying ideas of fiscal and political reform in the Emirate of Bukhara under the early Manghits.  At the same time, designating Mirza Sadiq as an “enlightener (ma‘rifatparvar)” does not provide much conceptual innovation since the historical reappraisals of the mid-1970s.  Excerpts from the original text are given in Persian language transcribed into Cyrillic script, with an Uzbek translation in prose.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-535