Reviews

The present catalogue contains notices on 447 ‘Oriental’ manuscripts—curiously enough, this terminology has been preserved in the current usage in Central Asia—from the collections of the former SAGU (previously catalogued by A. A. Semenov in 1935 and 1956) and of the Oriental Institute of Turkistan, gathered in the present collection of the National University of Uzbekistan.  The manuscripts are classified by the respective disciplines of their titles: history (1-16), philosophy (17-9), law (20-35), religion (36-70), grammar (71-92), literature (verse: 93-148; prose: 149-55; “folklore”: 156-79); biography (180-4); cosmography (185); astronomy (186-7).  Each notice comprises data on the work’s title, author, and history, on the manuscript’s characterisation, and some clue on the existing bibliography about both (mostly reduced to references to the catalogue of the Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies in Tashkent).  Among the most interesting work preserved in the library must be mentioned:

Unfortunately, as it is often the case in studies published in the former Soviet space, no indication is given either on the content of the “documents (hujjatlar)” listed in the historical chapter—notably those dealing with judicial matters under the Emir of Bukhara Muzaffar al-Din Khan (r. 1860-85) [246 folios], and those from the archive of the qushbigi under the Emir of Bukhara ‘Abd al-Ahad Khan (r. 1885-1910) [444 ff].  These shortcomings notwithstanding, one must underline the great care with which the editing work of this catalogue has been achieved.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-1.1.B-16