Reviews

Built on the principles of classical Persian tadhkira (repertory) literature, the model of which is still clearly made of by ‘Ayni’s Namuna (1926), this thick volume printed in very big characters provides basic biographical notices and, in Cyrillic transcription, samples of works in Persian language (predominantly in verse) by some 120 literati from Badakhshan, from the seventeenth century to the present—with a strong over-representation of the last thirty years.  Readers interested in regional pre-modern literature in Persian and vernacular Pamirian languages will find elements that have been more critically developed in previous works by Russian and Tajikistani philologists and historians of literature (in particular those by the late Amirbek Habibov in the 1980s and 1990s).  The critical apparatus is limited to the short historical overview given as an introduction, no indication being given on the date of composition and precedent publication(s) of the literary samples provided.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-540