Vol. 14 No. 1 June 2008

Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research.



A. Khismatulin. The Art of Medieval Counterfeiting: the Siyar al muluk (the Siyasat nama) by Nizam al Mulk and the "Full" Version of the Nasihat al muluk by al Ghazali - 3

A. Gallop. From Caucasia to Southeast Asia: Daghistani Qur'ans and the Islamic Manuscript Tradition in Brunei and the Southern Philippines. I - 32


A. Kudelin. Arabic Literature: Poetics and Stylistics. VIII: Formulaic Expressions in Sirat ‘Antar - 57


M. Dehqan. A Kurdish Verse Version of Shah nama from Malek National Library and Museum - 68


"From Russia with Love": Prof. Sergio Noja Noseda (1931-2008)
by E. Rezvan - 71


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A. Khismatulin

The art of medieval counterfeiting: the siyar al-muluk (the siyasat-nama) by nizam al-mulk and the “full” version of the nasihat al-muluk by al-ghazali

The problem of authenticity of the book attributed to the author especially concerns the texts written in the genre of medieval advice literature and ascribed to famous statesmen or outstanding Muslim scholars. The article focuses on two similar cases of medieval counterfeiting: the Siyar al-muluk (the Siyasat-nama), ascribed to the famous Saljuqid wazir Nizam al-Mulk, and the second part of the Nasihat al-Muluk, attributed to al-Ghazali.

Keywords: Siyar al-Muluk, Siyasat-nama, Nizam al-Mulk, Nasihat al-Muluk, al-Ghazali, medieval counterfeiting, manuscript


A. T. Gallop

From caucasia to southeast asia: daghistani qur’ans and the islamic manuscript tradition in brunei and the southern philippines. I

Over the past few years a study of the art of the Islamic book in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Qur’an manuscripts, has revealed a number of distinctive artistic schools. The common denominator of each school is a strong sense of regional identity, with particular styles of manuscript illumination. The identification of these regionally-defined artistic schools is based primarily on the analysis of the decorated double frames which are the obvious focus any study of the Qur’anic illumination.

Keywords: manuscript, Qur’an, Qur’anic illumination, Islamic, Caucasia, Daghistani, Brunei, Southeast Asia, Southern Philippines


A. Kudelin

Arabic literature: poetics and stylistics. VIII: formulaic expressions in sirat ‘antar

Works in the sira genre make up an extensive branch of the Medieval heroic-romantic epic of the Arabs. The author describes some formulaic expressions connected to the military theme in Sirat Antar and shows their connection with the oral technique of performing this genre of Arabic “folk” literature. Special attention is given to saj‘, a form of rhymed prose in Arabic literature.

Keywords: Arabic literature, poetic, stylistic, sira, saj‘, Sirat ‘Antar, folk romance


M. Dehqan

A kurdish verse version of shah-nama from malek national library and museum

The author presents the Kurdish manuscript of Kitab-i Jawahirpush (“The Book of Jawahirpush”) – an 18th century version of an episode of Shah-nama that has been preserved for years in the collection of the Malek National Library and Museum in Tehran. The author of this mathnawi is Mustafa b. Mahmud Gurani, a Kurdish Sunnite homme de letters. The manuscript is written in the old Gorani dialect.

Keywords: manuscript, Kurdish, Gorani, Shah-nama, Malek National Library and Museum, Tehran, Iran



Mr. Mustafa Dehqan, MA - specialist in Kurdish Studies with an interest in the literature and religions of Kurdistan. He earned a bachelor's degree in Historical Studies and a master's in Historical Linguistics from the University of Tehran. Author of the numerous articles in the field.

Dr. Annabel Teh Gallop - Head of the South and Southeast Asia section at the British Library, London. Her current research interests are in Malay letters, documents and seals, and the art of the Qur'an in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Alexey A. Khismatulin - Senior researcher of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts (the former Institute of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg Branch) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Specialist in Islamic studies; Central Asian Islamic mysticism (tasawwuf); medieval Central Asian and Iranian historiography and source studies; Iranian studies in Islamic period; Islamic textology and theory of translation; author of a number of monographs and numerous articles in these fields.

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

Prof. Dr. Efim A. Rezvan - Deputy Director of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, author of a number of monographs and numerous articles dealing with Russian Arab relations, history of Islam and Oriental studies computing.


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