The rabbit, the duck, and the study of central Asian legal documents

Thomas Welsford

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The present paper conceptualises two distinct ways in which scholars may try to make sense of a document or set of documents, and considers why so few attempts are made to marry these two approaches. By subjecting the collected contents of an early 20th-century documentary scroll from Nasaf first to an 'evocative' reading and then to an 'antiphonal' one, I consider what we may glean from considering each reading in the light of the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-278
Number of pages21
JournalIslam - Zeitschrift fur Geschichte und Kultur des Islamischen Orients
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History

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