May 18: Int'l Day of Khayyam
"Khayyam is not merely a poet"
Ashrafzadeh, professor of Persian language and literature has suggested establishment of an assembly or research center for Khayyam. According to him, Khayyam should not be merely limited to his poems (known as Robaiyat); he is rather a great scholar who has also left some poems for us.
IBNA: Ashrafzadeh continued: "First of all, Khayyam was a prominent scholar in mathematics, algebra, trigonometry, and astronomy and the one who offered Jalali Calendar. He was also a great philosopher and perhaps the main reason for oppositions to him was his philosophy.
Stressing on the poetic aspects of the life of Omar Khayyam, he continued: "Khayyam got famous with his poems not only in Iran, but also all over the world. Khayyam Studies roughly began from 1951 onwards with articles of Mohammad-Ali Foroughi and Ghassem Ghani."
He added: "Khayyam's poetry was first translated into other languages during early 18th century and was gradually introduced to Europe. One of the best translations of his Robaiyat was Fitzgerald's that also faced great public reception."
Ashrafzadeh then referred to the National Day of Khayyam in Iranian calendar (May 18; named after Khayyam on the occasion of his birthday) and explained: "Each year there is a commemorational ceremony held for Khayyam where researchers offer their new findings on this scholar. But this should not be limited only to one day."
He asserted: "It would be better if researchers conduct a joint project on other works of Khayyam such as in music, philosophy, and astronomy by providing new translations, interpretations and editions for public use."
This university professor emphasized once more that Khayyam is not limited to his poems; he is rather a great scholar who has also left some poems for us.
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