In this short obituary of Novosibirsk-born Tatar Islamist thinker and leader Valiakhmet (Vladimir) Sadur (1939-2006), the author recalls his studies in Indonesian language at the Moscow Institute of Oriental Languages, his engagement with the Folklore Department at the Institute of World Literature, his ethno-linguistic research work among the Turkic-speaking Muslim peoples of the USSR and, in the 1970s-80s, his writing of polemic articles, mostly unpublished, predicting the failure of the national policy of the Soviet Union. The last paragraphs deal with Sadur’s exclusion from the translation of Kyrgyz epics Manas in the early 1970s (on the ground of his refusal to exclude passages with religious content) and with his manuscript works of the following two decades on Muslim demography and education among Tatars in the USSR. Unfortunately, his work at the head of the Party of the Islamic Revival from 1990 onwards is evoked in passing. At least, the attention given here to Sadur’s background suggests the key role that was played by Faculties of Oriental Languages, throughout the USSR, in the education of future Islamist thinkers and leaders in the 1970s and 1980s. This study is followed by the publication of a short text by Sadur, “Vospriiatie tekstov v raznykh kul’turakh,” 123-36, unfortunately deprived of a critical apparatus.
Stéphane A. Dudoignon, National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris