Petrosyan I. [Review:] A. H. Aleeva. The Voyage of Ismā‘īl Aghā to India. A Study of the Language of the 18th Century Tatar Traveller’s Records. Ismā‘īl Aghā siyāhat-nāmasī. Kazan: 1993, 166 pp. // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 2. No. 2. June 1996. P. 67.
The publication by A. H. Aleeva includes a facsimile reproduction
of the Arabographic text of the records written
by Ismā‘īl Bikmuhamedov, a Tatar merchant from Orenburg,
its translation into Russian and its study from the
point of view of its language and as a cultural phenomenon.
This work represents a description of a voyage to India undertaken
by the author in the second half of the
I 8th century. It is written in prose and it belongs to the
popular in the Islamic genre of siyāhat-nāma. The most
noteworthy is that Ismā‘īl Aghā travelled to India as a
member of a caravan specially commissioned by the Russian