Vol. 11 No. 2 June 2005

Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research.

CONTENTS

     
TEXTS AND MANUSCRIPTS: DESCRIPTION AND RESEARCH - 3

A. Alekseev. Mahmud b. Amir Wali and His Bahr al-asrar - 3

   
TEXT AND ITS CULTURAL INTERPRETATION - 11

A. Kudelin. Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. V: a Romantic Epos about Majnun and its Arabic Roots - 11

M. Reisner. The Life of the Text and the Fate of Tradition. VI: Birds in Mystical-Symbolic qasidas by Sana'i and Khaqani (12th century) (to the Problem of Formation of the Symbolic Language in the Classical Persian Qasida) - 21

   
PRESENTING THE COLLECTION - 30

D. Ivanov. Buddhist Collections of the St. Petersburg Kunstkamera: Icons from N. V. Kirilov's Collection - 30

E. Revunenkova. Batak Priests' Books in the MAE Collection. I - 37

Masanori Kaji. Nicholas of Russia Travels to the East. II: Japanese Granddaughter of Dmitrii Mendeleev - 56

   
OUR ARCHIVE - 65

A. Reshetov. About the Fate of a Present from Dalai Lama to the Academician S. F. Oldenburg - 65

   
 REVIEWS - 70
 
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AUTHORS

Dr. Anton A. Alekseev - Vice Dean, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg University, specialist in the Arabic and Persian Medieval historiography, author of f number of articles in the field.

Mr. Dmitriy D. Ivanov - Chief specialist of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian of Academy of Sciences, curator of the Foreign Asia funds of the Museum, specialist in Siberian and Mongolian art.

Dr. Masanori Kaji - Assistant Professor, Tokyo Technological Institute, Famous Japanese science historian, author of a numerous works in the history of Russian scholarship, including monograph Mendeleev's Discovery of the Periodic Law of the Chemical Elements: The Scientific and Social Context of His Discovery (Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, 1997).

Prof. Dr. Alexander B. Kudelin - Full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the World Literature Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), specialist in the history of the Arabic literature, author of the series of monographs in the field.

Prof. Dr. Marina L. Reisner - Professor of the Department of Iranian Philology at the State Moscow University Institute of Asian and African Studies (Moscow), specialist in medieval Persian poetry and culture, author of numerous publications in the field.

Dr. Alexey M. Reshetov - Leading research fellow of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian of Academy of Sciences, specialist in Chinese ethnography and culture, in the history of the Russian ethn