On the basis of local elders’ oral testimonies, of some manuscripts of the Charagh-Nama and other works by Nasir-i Khusraw, and of a video document showing the late khalifa of Khorog Shah ‘Abd-Allah Suchani performing this funeral ritual on special demand in 1974, the author—a historian of modern Isma‘ili men of religion in the Pamir—reconstructs the da‘wat-i baqa (otherwise called zinda da‘wat in Shughnan and Rushan, and da‘wat-i safa in Ishkashim and Wakhan) as it was practiced on bereavements among Badakhshani Isma‘ilis until the 1930s.  The paper ends with normative considerations upon the essentially gnostic character of this ceremony, and on its relationship with classical Sufi rituals.  (For a previous, shorter version of the same paper, see: “Roje‘ ba iak sunnati mazhabii mardumi Badakhshon [About a Confessional Custom of the People of Badakhshan],” in Sarfaroz Niiozov & Ramazon Nazariev, eds., Nosiri Khusrav, Diruz, Imruz, Fardo / Nasir Khusraw, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Khujand: Noshir, 2005: 605-10.)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-5.2.A-415