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Rethinking Orient

In Search of Sources and Inspirations


Edited By Adam Bednarczyk, Magdalena Kubarek and Maciej Szatkowski

The contributions in this book address a vast variety of questions concerning the sources and mutual inspirations in Oriental and European literatures. The authors discuss selected texts from both historical and synchronic perspectives. They reveal and scrutinise the sedimented layers in their search for the original as well as for the repetitive and universal. The book revolves around the creative reception of one’s own cultural heritage and of works which originated in other cultures.

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Planet’s Dualar from the Collection of the Historical Museum in Białystok. Identification – Classification – Characteristics (Magdalena Lewicka)


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Magdalena Lewicka

Nicolaus Copernicus University Poland

Planet’s Dualar from the Collection of the Historical Museum in Białystok. Identification – Classification – Characteristics

Abstract: The subject of this paper is a new, previously non-described, research material in the form of a hramotka from the collection of the Historical Museum in Białystok. The content of this work allows including it in the category of the so-called “planete dualars”. The author’s objective was to attempt a textology and philology analysis of the above-mentioned literary monument, including the transcription, identification of the content and translation into Polish, as well as characterizing the content on the layer of textology and including a comment regarding the linguistic layer, particularly in the scope of graphy and spelling.

Key words: hramotka, planete dualar, Tatar manuscript, Polish-Lithuanian Tatars

The material analyzed by the author constitutes one of the types of Tatar manuscripts forming the rich body of literature of Tatars of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania1 whose development and unique character are inextricably linked with the ← 247 | 248 → history of Tatar settlement in the territory of the GDL.2 The literature which flourished by virtue of the spiritual ferment of the Renaissance and Reformation, and which currently constitutes the most important and richest part of Tatar cultural heritage, has been recognized as a unique phenomenon of great spiritual, literary and cultural value.3 This phenomenon manifests itself in the extraordinary ← 248 | 249 → combination of oriental Islamic culture and...

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