Presentation of Tajikistani religious teacher and scholar Bandishoh Sumonzoda (1883–1984), including translated excerpts from a travelogue (2019) by Lutfishohi Dodo in which he related his meeting with Okhon Bandishoh’s family.
Author: Red Gold
Translation of the first two pages (4–5) of a short Qazaq hagiography ommemorating Abd-Zhalil Bab (Khorasan Ata) and his shrine complex. Entitled ‘Holy of Holies: Khorasan Ata’ (Aulierdïn Aulesï: Khorasan Ata), it was written by Orazkhan Zhanïsbekov and Ahmet Abutalip.
‘In Mourning of Ishan Hamid Khwaja’ by Ishan Zarab al-Din ‘Karimi’, , by Stéphane A. Dudoignon
Transcription and translation of the poem ‘In Mourning of Ishan Hamid Khwaja’, written in 2003 by Ishan Zarab al-Din ‘Karimi’ in honor of the aforementioned figure of the Naqshbandiyya Mujaddidiyya in the south of Tajikistan.
Translation and commentary of fragments of ‘Abdullah Muhammad ad-Dagestani’s book, Litso Sufizma v Svete Ubezhdenii Liudei Sunny i Dzhamaata (Akhl Sunna va Dzhamaa) [The Face of Sufism in the Light of the True Muslims’ Convictions], translated from Arabic into Russian, [Moscow:] Badr, 2006, 607 p.
Transcription and French and English translation of a sermon excerpted from Min Shengguang’s 敏生光 [Hadj Muhammad Nūr al Dīn] Xinyue zhi guang 新月之光 [The Light of the Crescent], Lanzhou, Gansu minzu chubanshe, 2007.
Translation of extracts of a poem by Ma Lingming (1853-1915), excerpted from a hanging scroll dating back from 1953 (Lanzhou).
This extract summarises the main features of Dervish Luzha’s hagiography. Its author is Nuredin Sadik Lushaj, a scholar of folk traditions from Tropoja (in the north of Albania). The ora mentioned in the title is a figure of northern Albanian mythology, known primarily north of the Drin River.
On December 10-13, Ulan Bigozhin made a short trip to the Kyzyl Orda Region, where is located the shrine complex of Khorasan Ata or Abd Zhalil Bab, via the city of Turkestan. During this stay, he visited several shrines and collected several interviews.
From 15 to 20 November 2022, I went to Albania and Kosovo to conduct a fieldwork research mission as part of the ‘Red Golden Legend’ ANR Project. My main objective was to conduct bibliographical...
In 2000, Abduwäli Äli published a historical novel (tarikhi romani) written in Uyghur and completed in 1998, about Afaq Khoja, the famous Sufi who ruled over Kashgharia in the late seventeenth century, along with other novels dealing with his ancestors (the Makhdumzadas) and his heirs (the so called Turghaq Khojalar). The two-volume book is a highly critical narrative of Sufi holy men in Eastern Turkestan; it belongs to a subgenre that I suggest to call ‘anti-hagiographic literature’.