The Great 'Umar Khayyam: A Global Reception of the Rubaiyat (Iranian Studies Series): a global reception of the Rubáiyát

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The Persian poet, mathematician, and astronomer Umar Khayyam (1048-1131), is best known for his remarkable and highly influential poem cycle, "The Rubaiyat." 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 Khayyam s philosophy as presented in his poetry has inspired generations of poets, novelists, painters, musicians, calligraphers, filmmakers, and freethinkers.
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Weinig niet-Europeanen hebben zo'n invloed gehad op de Westerse poëzie als Omar Khayyam. De Perzische wetenschapper en dichter die leefde van 1048 tot 1131 kreeg cultstatus na de vertaling van zijn gedichten in de negentiende eeuw. In 1859 vertaalde Edward FitzGerald Khayyams verzameling kwatrijnen, de "Rubáiyát" geheten in het Engels. Daarna werden ze vanuit het Engels naar vele andere talen vertaald en herdicht. In het hedendaags Iran wordt Khayyam gezien als een stem in het verzet tegen de religieuze staat; hij staat symbool voor de secularisten in culturele debatten. In het westen wordt hij vooral geassocieerd met spiritualiteit en diepzinnige levenswijsheden die verscholen zijn in ogenschijnlijk eenvoudige kwatrijnen. In het boek hebben achttien wetenschappers uit verschillende literaire tradities de receptie van Khayyam onderzocht, waarbij zij aandacht besteden aan zijn filosofie van twijfel, carpe diem, hedonisme, en in vino veritas. Deze titel is onderdeel van de OAPEN Library - http://www.oapen.org.

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A.A. Seyed-Gohrab is associate professor of Persian Studies at Leiden University; his most recent book is "Courtly Riddles," also published by Leiden University Press.

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