Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research

Vol. 23 No. 1 June 2017.


    A. Alikberov. History and Legend: Mythologizing the Image of a Saint in Islamic Tradition (The Case of Ibrahim b. Adham) — 3  
    A. Kudriavtseva, E. Rezvan. Earthly Maiden and Heavenly Maiden (on the Interpretation of the Image of Woman in Pre‑Islamic Poetry and the Qur’an) — 10  
    A. Avrutina. Dynamics of the Integration of Foreign Vocabulary into the Old Anatolian‑Turkic Language System in the 13th—15th Centuries (on the Material of Phonological and Morphological Subsystems of Monuments in Old Anatolian‑Turkic Language) — 21  


    E. Rezvan. St. Petersburg Kunstkamera On‑Line Catalogues. III. Towards the Description of Anton Sevruguin Photographic Collection (Dervishes Images) — 29  
      Q. Al‑Samarrai. Presenting A. J. Arberry's Unpublished Article — 40  
      A. J. Arberry. A Collection of Anecdotes — 45  
      A. Kuritsyna. Tocharian B Manuscripts 498 and PK AS 3A: Two Parallel Medical Texts — 54  
      E. Teryukova, E. Zavidovskaya. The Archives of Academician V. M. Alekseev from the Collection of the State Museum of the History of Religion as a Source for the Study of Popular Religious Beliefs in Late Imperial China — 61  



  Agata Bareja-Starzyńska. The First Khalkha Jetsundampa Zanabazar (1635—1723) in the Literary Records of the Mongols with Special Focus on the Tibetan Biography by Zaya Pandita Luvsanprinlei. Warsaw: Elipsa, 2015. 416 pages. ISBN 978-83-8017-073-5 by V. Uspensky — 71  




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Dr. Alikber K. Alikberov — Deputy Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Head of the Centre for Central Asian, Caucasian and Volga-Urals Studies. Author of numerous works in Islamic Studies, Medieval History, Theory and Methodology of History.

Prof. Dr. Arthur John Arberry (1905—1969), Fellow of the British Academy, respected British orientalist, prolific scholar of Arabic, Persian, and Islamic studies. His translation of the Qur’an into English is one of the most prominent written by a non-Muslim scholar, and widely respected amongst academics. Arberry is also notable for introducing Rumi's works to the west through his selective translations and for translating the important anthology of medieval Andalucian Arabic poetry His interpretation of Muhammad Iqbal's writings is similarly distinguished. Since 1932 he was the Head of the Department of Classics at Cairo University in Egypt, in 1944 he was appointed to succeed V. M. Minorsky in the chair of Persian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. He subsequently became the Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at Cambridge University and a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, his alma mater, from 1947 until his death in 1969. He was the member in the Iranian Academy, the Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo, and the Arab Academy of Damascus. His complete bibliography shows a total of some ninety books that he wrote, translated, or edited, a similar number of scholarly articles, and many reviews and other short contributions.

Dr. Apollinaria S. Avrutina — Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Language and Literature, Associate Professor of the theory and methods of teaching languages and cultures of Asia and Africa, St. Petersburg State University. Among her research interests there are Middle Eastern cultural and literature studies and Turkic linguistics.

Ms. Anna Yu. Kudriavtseva, M. A. — postgraduate student of Prof. Efim Rezvan (MAE RAS), specialized in Qur’ānic and Islamic studies, the Qur’an and pre-Islamic poetry, Muslim ritual.

Ms. Anna V. Kuritsyna  postgraduate student at the Department of languages of the peoples of Asia and Africa Institute of Oriental Studies (Moscow), Russian Academy of Sciences. Field of research: Tocharian languages, Indo-European languages.

Prof. Dr. Efim A. Rezvan — Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg), specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles in the field of Qur’ānic studies and history of the Russian‑Arabic relations.

Prof. Qasim Al-Samarrai is specialist in Arabic-Islamic Palaeography and Codicology. Taught in several Universities and Institutes like: Leiden, Qar Yunus in Benghazi-Libya, the Imam Muhammad b. Saud Islamic university in Riyadh-Saudi Arabia, the League of the Ulama in Rabat and Casablanca, Morocco and participated in several training courses organized by Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation in London, Rabat, Casablanca, Istanbul, Cairo, Kuala Lumpur. He taught Arabic-Islamic Palaeography and Codicology in al-Majid Centre in Dubai and al-Ain in the U.A.E.

Dr. Ekaterina A. Teryukova — Deputy-Director for Research Affairs of the State Museum of the History of Religion, Associated Professor at Philosophy of Religion and Study of Religion of the St. Petersburg State University, specialist in the History and Sociology of Religion. Author of the series of articles in the field.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir L. Uspensky is professor of the Faculty of Asian and African Studies, St. Petersburg State University. The major focus of his current studies is the history and literature of Buddhism in Mongolia and Tibet.

Dr. Ekaterina A. Zavidovskaya — Assistant Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Department of General Education, specialist in the Chinese Folk Religion Studies. Author of the series of articles and monographs in the field.

Notes to Contributors

Manuscripts must be written in English.

Manuscripts must be clearly typewritten with numbered pages, double linespacing and wide margins throughout. The title should be as brief and informative as possible. The institute at which the work has been done should be indicated at the head of each paper. Authors are requested to include their e-mail address if one is available.


Manuscripts should be sent in duplicate to the Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Efim A. Rezvan, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, 3 Universitetskaya nab., 199034, St. Petersburg, Russia, e-mail:



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