The Great Umar Khayyam

The Great Umar Khayyam

A Global Reception of the Rubaiy

eBook - 2012
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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.


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The Rubâaiyâat by the Persian poet 'Umar Khayyµm (1048-1131) is used in contemporary Iran as a resistance literature, symbolizing the secularist voice in cultural debates. While Islamic fundamentalists criticize Khayyµm as an atheist and materialist philosopher who questions God's creation and the promise of reward or punishment in the hereafter, secularist intellectuals see in him an example of a scientist who scrutinizes the mysteries of the world. Others see a spritual master, a Sufi, who guides people to the truth. This volume collects eighteen essays on the history of the reception of 'Umar Khayyµm in various literary traditions, exporing how his philosophy of doubt, carpe diem, hedonism, and in vino veritas has inspired generations of poets, novelists, painters, musicians, calligraphers and film-makers.

Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2012
ISBN: 9789400600799
9400600798
9789087281571
Characteristics: 1 online resource (267 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Seyed-Gohrab, A. A. (Ali Asghar), 1968-

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