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After a detailed account of his discovery of a autographic manuscript (dated 1943) of the Diwan of the Islamic scholar and poet “Awliya” Husayn Darwazi, takhallus Maghmum (1873-1906), now jealously preserved in his personal collection, the author, a former employee of the Soviet Embassy in Kabul, now a Professor of Pashto in the State University of Dushanbe, evokes the context of the writing by Maghmum of a mukhammas on the arch-classical theme of the conversion of the lover of the Christian beauty, as it has been told by the poet himself (viz., the meeting of a female Russian doctor at a court festival in the Emir ‘Alim Khan’s suburban palace of Bukhara in 1919).  Maghmum’s memories on this event are followed by the partial (alas) publication of a short biography of the poet by his grandson Subhanqul, written in Kabul in 1968 and entrusted to the author.  This part is followed by an extremely elliptic evocation of another Islamic scholar and poet from Darwaz, ‘Izzat-Shah b. Madhhab-Shah (d. 1336/1918 at fifty-seven years of age), through an autographic manuscript of his Diwan also preserved, since 1967, in the author’s personal collection.  Samples of both Maghmum and ‘Izzat’s work are provided throughout the article.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-539