The recently rediscovered Persian mystical poet of the early Soviet period Jawhari Istrawshani (1860-1945) is studied here as one of the last continuators of the prominent early eighteenth-century Northern Indian Muslim mystic Bidil Dihlawi in twentieth-century Central Asia.  Unfortunately, Jawhari’s comments on Bidil’s work remain unstudied, the latter’s influence on the former being analysed in this paper through simplistic typological comparisons, with no reference to both poets’ rich Sufi imagination and vocabulary.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris
CER: I-6.2.B-552