Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental Manuscript Research. Vol. 26 No. 1 June 2020


           E. Rezvan, A. Kolesnikov. Two Dates that Matter to Us — 3

E. Voytishek, A. Rechkalova. Contribution of Daimyo Date Masamune to the Development of Incense Culture (Based on Japanese Historical Sources) — 5


R. Berezkin. The “Penitence of Merciful Ullambana” and the Mulian Story in the Buddhist Ritual Context of Late Imperial China — 14


A. PritulaEast Syriac Poetry Embedded in the Manuscript Illumination: 16th Century — 26


V. Shorokhov, T. Slesarev. Shah Safi I Safawid's Farman Confirming Privileges of Kirakyaraq Aqa Hasan Mazandarani  — 37

        M. Dehqan, V. Genç. New Evidence on Sharaf Khan's Killing — 42  

I. AlimovNotes on Xiaoshuo: Zhang Shi's Novel Liu hong ji and its Origin — 49


A. Korovkina. Cemetery Sorcery in the Maghrib: the Revealing of One Newspaper Article — 52




E. Rezvan. Istanbul by Alfred Eberling: Street Photograph — 59


A. Kudriavtceva. Ideology and Ethnography: Uzbekistan at the Turn of the 1920's and 1930's in the Illustrative Collections of Peter the Great Kunstkamera — 66


N. Maykova. The MAE RAS Photo Collections as a Source of Information on the History of Textile Production in Japan in the Third Quarter of the 19th — First Quarter of the 20th Centuries — 78


H. Bell. Reflections on Joseph Norment Bell and his Involvement with the Theme of Mystical Love — 93


S. Shomakhmadov. Eduard Naumovich Tyomkin (1928—2019) — 97





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Dr. Igor A. Alimov — Head of the Department of East and Southwest Asia of the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences, specialist in Far Eastern ethno‑cultural texts. Author of the series of monographs in the field.

Prof. Dr. Herman W. Bell — as a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford, he delivered his first academic lecture at the XXV International Congress of Orientalists in Moscow on the 15th of August 1960. On that day he and his wife Ann were invited to the Café Ararat to celebrate their first wedding anniversary organised by Prof. Dr. Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky. Bell conducted the Survey of Nubian Place Names in the parts of Egypt and Sudan being flooded by the High Dam near Aswan. He worked at the University of Khartoum in Sudan and at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia, where he was Professor and Head of the Department of Foreign Languages. He served as Sudan Expert at the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names and is still active with UNGEGN.

Dr. Rostislav V. Berezkin — senior research fellow, National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies at Fudan University, China, Shanghai. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and candidate of sciences degree from St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Main fields of research: religious storytelling literature (“precious scrolls” in particular) and popular religion in late imperial China. His publications include two monographs (in Russian and in English) and a number of articles in Chinese and Russian.

Mustafa Dehqan — independent researcher with great interest in Kurdish history and textual tradition. Aside numerous published works in the field, he is now working on a new edition of the “Sharaf-nama” to be published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Vural Genç  associate professor at Bitlis University, interested in Ottoman-Safawid frontier contacts and 16th century Persian historiography. Author of the numerous works in the field.

Dr., Prof. Alexander A. Kolesnikov, Director of the Centre for Eurasian studies of St. Petersburg State University, author of a series of monographs on the history of military Oriental studies in Russia, the history of the Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic.

Dr. Anna Yu. Korovkina — assistant professor, Department of World Politics, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University. Specialist in the Middle East and North Africa cultural and social anthropology and field ethnography. Author of many articles and books in Russian and English.

Dr. Anna Yu. Kudriavtceva — academic secretary of the International Centre for Islamic Studies; junior research fellow of the Department of Central Asia, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg). Specialist in Qur’anic and Islamic studies, the Qur’an and pre-Islamic poetry, Muslim ritual.

Nadezhda V. Maykova — Head of the Collection Management Department of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), RussianAcademy of Sciences, specialist in Japanese textiles and museum studies.

Dr. Anton D. Pritula — curator and lead researcher in the Oriental Department at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, specialist in the literature and art of the medieval Near East, having particular scholarly interest in the cultural interaction between Christian and Muslim communities; author of several monographs and exhibition catalogues.

Anastasia A. Rechkalova — assistant of the Department of Oriental Studies and research fellow of the Research and Educational Centre “Heritage” of the Institute for the Humanities of Novosibirsk State University, specialist in the Japanese heraldry.

Prof. Dr. Efim A. Rezvan — Editor-in-Chief, Manuscripta Orientalia, International Journal for Oriental Manuscripts Research, Director, International Centre for Islamic Studies, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg); Professor of UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue, Russian Scientific Research Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage named after D. Likhachev.

Dr. Safarali H. Shomakhmadov — the senior researcher of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg, Russia). Specialist in Central Asian Buddhist manuscripts.

Dr. Vladimir A. Shorokhov — assistant professor of the Department of the Historical Regional Studies of the Institute of History of St. Petersburg State University. Research Interests: history of Iranian-speaking peoples, history of Central Asia.

Timur A. Slesarev — Chief Librarian at the Department of Oriental Studies, the M. Gorky Scientific Library of St. Petersburg University. Research interests — Near Eastern diplomatics, Ottoman studies.

Dr. Elena E. Voytishek — Head of the Department of Oriental Studies of the Institute for the Humanities, Novosibirsk State University, specialist in Far Eastern traditional culture. Author of the series of monographs and papers in the field.


Notes to Contributors 

Manuscripts must be written in English.

Manuscripts must be clearly typewritten with numbered pages. 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 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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