This beautifully published volume provides the readership with a rare critical edition of an exceptionally rich versified anthology of nineteenth – early-twentieth-century Persian-language poets from Central Asia by the literati and jurist from Bukhara Mirza Muhammad-Sharif b. Qazi ‘Abd al-Shukur Sadr, alias Ziya (1867-1932), one of the main memoirs writers from the ‘ulama of the Venerable City during the Russian Protectorate and the early Soviet period.  Edited by Ziya’s youngest son, the critic Muhammad-Jan Shakuri (b. 1926), the text is preceded by a biography of Ziya (otherwise documented by numerous recent publications: see supra in 3.4.C. the reviews of works by Allworth, Dudoignon, and Ziya himself).  The introduction continues with a presentation of the three manuscripts on which the edition has been realised (they are preserved, respectively, in the Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of Tashkent [autographic copy], in the Institute of the Manuscript Heritage of Dushanbe [copied by ‘Abd-Allah ‘Adiloff, d. 1944], and in the Ark Museum of Bukhara [copied in 1926]—the last two have not yet been described in catalogues).  The text’s data have been compared by the Editor with those of other contemporary works of the same category, especially Sadr al-Din ‘Ayni’s Namuna-yi adabiyat-i tajik (Moscow: Nashrdawtajik, 1926).  The Tadhkar-i ash‘ar illustrates the vision of an early twentieth-century reform-minded ‘alim on the literary activity of his lifetime in Transoxiana.  Written by one of the most active organisers of literary sociability in Bukhara during the whole Protectorate period, it provides innumerable factual, though partial and extremely normative information on major and minor figureheads of the reformist, then jadid movement in the Emirate.  The very detailed indexes at the end of the volume contribute to make particularly easy the handling of this invaluable book.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-555