Tadhkira-yi Ṭāhir Īshān: A Neglected Source on the History of the Naqshbandī Sufi Tradition in Central Asia

In: Journal of Sufi Studies
Aziza Shanazarova Department of Religion, Columbia University New York, NY USA

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The present study is intended to introduce and explore a hagiographical compendium known as the Tadhkira-yi Ṭāhir Īshān which was compiled in the middle of the eighteenth century in Khwarazm and Bukhara. Although this work has drawn minimal scholarly attention, it is a critical text for understanding the Naqshbandī history in Central Asia prior to the transformation of the local Sufi communities in the wake of the arrival of the Naqshbandī-Mujaddidī groups in the region.

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