Postulating the superiority of official documents, with special mention for mortmain deeds (Persian: waqf-namas), over narrative sources for the study of the norms of economic and social relations in pre-modern Central Asia—a testimony of the poorness of textological studies in the academic centres of the former Soviet space—, the author studies a 1778 Persian-language waqf-nama through which Kuchak Inaq (a protagonist of the late eighteenth-century struggles for power in the Khanate of Khiva) transferred the property of a piece of land to a mosque built by his father (Central State Archive of Uzbekistan, collection I-323; list 1; file 1,352).  A Russian translation of the original text is provided in the article’s last paragraphs.

The Redaction
CER: I-3.4.B-265