A disciple of Ravshan Rahmoni (the editor of the journal Mardumgiyah as well as a tireless collector of Persian oral traditions inside Tajikistan and in the southernmost regions of Uzbekistan: see the reviews infra in 654 & 681), the author proposes a phonetic transcription into Cyrillic script, out of tapings realised in 1996, of a set of pieces of the oral tradition of the Tajiks of Shahr-i Sabz and Kitab, in the Qashqa-Darya region of Uzbekistan.  In the wake of a number of works, sometimes monumental, on the twentieth-century oral tradition of the Tajiks of the Qashqa-Darya (notably those by Rashid Qodirov), the present collection can be distinguished from the former by the author’s specific interest in religious themes, and in the vernacular tradition of villages located on the upper course of the Keshk-Rud and Ab-i Mazar rivers, as they have been transmitted, in Ghilan in particular, by Hajji Ya‘qub, a local member of the Naqshbandiyya mystical path.  This tradition includes numerous orisons (du‘a), religious narratives related to female as well as male traditional sociability (among which a version of the tradition of “Lady Tuesday [Qissa-yi Bibiseshanbiyya]” also studied, in their respective works, by Sigrid Kleinmichel, Annette Krämer, and Manja Stephan), varied prophylactic and other rituals (there is a description of a mushkil-kusha), as well as some twenty legend (riwayat) mostly associated with the Islamic sanctification of particular sites).

To be signaled also: the slightly later publication of a compilation by a taler from the Ghazi Malik district (south of Dushanbe): Suyarkhon Sulton Qarabuloqi, Afsonahoi mardumi navohii Ghozimaliku Hisoru Lenin [Legends of the People of the districts of Ghazi Malik, Hisar, and Lenin], Dushanbe: Irfon, 2003, 80 p., glossary.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-549