Postulating the rarity (in fact, quite relative) of the dynastic transmission of literary creation in the Persian world, the author insists on the role played by the posterity of Sayyid Mahmud Khan, alias ‘Nazmi Istrawshani’ (1827-92), the father of the more renowned didactical and mystical poet Zufarkhan ‘Jawhari’ (1860-1945; on him, see Central Eurasian Reader 1 [2008]: reviews No. 545; 550; 552), the grandfather of the writer of satiric verse Suhayli Jawharizada. Besides apologetically invoking the particularly favourable climate of the city of Istrawshan, the author could have tackled the mutually related issues of family transmission of cultural capital and of literary precocity in the pre-modern, modern and contemporary Persian world.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: II-5.2.B-451