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The Great ’Umar Khayyam

A Global Reception of the Rubáiyát

The Persian poet, mathematician, and astronomer ‘Umar Khayyám (1048-1131), is best known for his remarkable and highly influential poem cycle, The Rubáiyát. These poems, of which there are nearly a thousand, have been used in contemporary Iran as resistance literature, symbolizing the secularist voice in cultural debates. Offering a unique overview of a selection of poems, this anthology collects eighteen essays on the history of the reception of the celebrated work in various literary translations and editions, exploring how Khayyám’s philosophy as presented in his poetry has inspired generations of poets, novelists, painters, musicians, calligraphers, filmmakers, and freethinkers.

267 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Literature and Literary Criticism: Classical Languages


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Table of Contents



A.A. Seyed-Gohrab

            Khayyam’s Universal Appeal: Man, Wine, and the Hereafter in the Quatrains

Khayyam in Persia

M. Aminrazavi

            Reading the Ruba’iyyat as “Resistance Literature”

A.H. Morton

            Some ‘Umarian Quatrains from the Lifetime of ‘Umar Khayyam

M. Bagheri

            Between Tavern and Madrasa: ‘Umar Khayyam the Scientist

Khayyam in the Arab World and Turkey

M. Alsulami

            The Arab ‘Umar Khayyam

Jan Just Witkam

            Ahmad Rami’s Arabic translation of the Quatrains of ‘Umar Khayyam

S. Sötemann

            Quatrains of ‘Umar Khayyam in Turkish and Turkish Quatrains

Khayyam in the Netherlands

J.T.P. de Bruijn

            Other Persian Quatrains in Holland: the Roseraie du Savoir of Husayn-i Azad

M. Goud

            Khayyam’s Impact on Modern Dutch Literature

J.D.F. van Halsema

            Bitter Certainty: J.H. Leopold on ‘Umar Khayyam

J. Biegstraaten

            How ‘Umar Khayyam Inspired Dutch Visual Artists

R. de Groot

            The Legacy of ‘Umar Khayyam in Music of the Netherlands

The Russian and Georgian Reception of Khayyam

F. Abdullaeva, N. Chalisova, and Ch. Melville

            The Russian perception of Khayyam: from text to image

T. Shurgaia

            The Translation of ‘Umar Khayyam’s Poetry into Georgian – a Touchstone for             Translators

Khayyam’s Reception in Victorian England

E. Zare-Behtash

            The Reception of FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of ‘Umar Khayyam by the Victorians

Khayyam in India

A. Castaing

      Vernacularizing Rubaiyat: the Politics of Madhushala in the context of the Indian       Nationalism

A.  Rangarajan

            Attempts at Locating the Rubaiyat in Indian Philosophical Thought


International Khayyam Data-Base

J. Coumans

            An ‘Umar Khayyam Database



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