Reviews

In the context of present-time resistance of traditional Badakhshani pirs against the encroachments of Khuja missionaries from the Indian subcontinent—the latter plead for a simplification and an internationalisation of Isma‘ili teachings and rituals —, one has seen the multiplication in Khorog of apologetic publications on vernacular religious traditions and on the heritage of Nasir-i Khusraw.  In response to an article by A. Shohumorova (“‘Charogh-ravshan-kuni,’ sunnati orioyi va ismo‘ilii mardumi Badakhshon [The charagh rawshan-kuni, an Aryan and Isma‘ili Custom of the People of Badakhshan],” in Sh. Iusufbekov & N. Shakamamadov, eds., Mas’alahoi pomirshinosi, 4, Dushanbe: Donish, 2003), the present paper, by a young connoisseur of classical Isma‘ili culture in the Pamir, is devoted to the ceremony of “Lamps Lightening” (also called da‘wat-i pir Shah Nasir: “invitation of the Elder Shah Nasir”).  This Isma‘ili funerary ritual attested in Badakhshan and Northern Pakistan is introduced in this paper through normative works by Nasir-i Khusraw and medieval comments to these works—with special attention to an early-twentieth manuscript Charagh-Nama copied by the author’s grandparent Shahzada Muhammad b. Sayyid Farrukh Shah, a prominent Shughnani pir of the early Soviet period.  (The paper had been published a first time, with the same title, in Sarfaroz Niiozov & Ramazon Nazariev, eds., Nosiri Khusrav, Diruz, Imruz, Fardo / Nasir Khusraw, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Khujand: Noshir, 2005: 585-92.)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-5.2.A-420