Based on recent reeditions of the didactical works by the early-twentieth-century reform-minded polygraph from Samarqand Mahmud Khwaja Behbudi, and on some of his columns in the journals Samarqand, Ayina and Hurriyat, this short study casts light on well-known and well-documented features of his thought. Its author appeals to tolerance between confessions, and to read Behbudi’s contribution in this respect, providing a clue as to the state of this very topic of inter-confessional dialogue in present-day Uzbekistan. See also by the same author: “Religioznaia legitimizatsiia nauki i obrazovaniia prosvetiteliami Turkestana [The Religious Legitimisation of Science and Instruction by the Civilisers of Turkestan],” O‘zbekiston tarixi 2008/1: 26-35. Nourished as well by texts rediscovered and republished in Tashkent in the course of the past decade, this paraphrastic essay sums up the positions of the main ‘Jadid’ publicist of Russian Turkestan (beside Behbudi: Fitrat and Awlani), with very few interest of the author in the rich international bibliography on the subject: a further illustration of the present state of stagnation of studies on modern Islamic reform in Central Asian academic centres.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-4.3.D-404