Manifestations of a Sufi woman in Central Asia : a critical edition of Ḥāfiẓ-i Baṣīr's Maẓhar al-ʻajāʼib / by Aziza Shanazarova.

Ḥāfiẓ Baṣīr, active 16th century [Browse]
Uniform title
  • Persian
  • English
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2021]
282 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.


  • Islamicate intellectual history ; v. 6. [More in this series]
  • Islamicate intellectual history, 2212-8662 ; volume 6
Summary note
"The Maẓhar al-ʻajāʼib is the devotional work written to expound upon the teachings of Aghā-yi Buzurg, a female religious master active in the early 16th century in Bukhara. The work was produced in 16th century Central Asia, when the region underwent major socio-economic and religio-political changes in the aftermath of the downfall of the Timurid dynasty and the establishment of the Shibanid dynasty in Mavarannahr and the Safavid dynasty in Iran. In its portrayal of Aghā-yi Buzurg, the Maẓhar al-ʻajāʼib represents a tradition that maintained an egalitarian conception of gender in the spiritual equality of women and men, attesting to the presence of multiple voices in Muslim discourse and challenging conventional ways of thinking about gender history in early modern Central Asia"-- Provided by publisher.
Due to Persian text, pagination jumps from front to back of book.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Language note
Text in Persian; introduction and analysis in English.
Foreword -- Introduction -- 1. History of Composition -- 2. The Manuscript Copies of the Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib -- 3. The Structure of the Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib -- 4. The Three Fables in the Maẓhar al-ʻajāʼib: 4.1. The Story of the Stone Doll (luʻbat-i sangīn) ; 4.2. The Story of Zirak-i Afkār ; 4.3. The Story of the Patience Stone (sang-i ṣabr) -- 5. Poetry in the Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib as a Mirror into the Author's Worldview -- 6. Pseudo-ʻAṭṭār's Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib as a Model for Ḥāfiẓ-i Baṣīr's Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib -- 7. The Question of Genre -- 8. Conclusion -- Note -- Index -- Maẓhar al-ʻAjāʼib.
  • 9789004441347
  • 9004441344 (hardcover)
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