This poet, from Ganja in the north of Iran, used the pen name Nizami – associated with the word for 'order'. He introduced romantic epic in verse with his collection of five works known as the Khamsa (Quintet), written in the early 13th century.
Three of the five works – the love story of Layla u Majnun, the romantic tale of Khusrau u Shirin and Haft Paykar (Seven portraits) – proved to be especially inspirational for the generations of poets who followed.
The other two works, Makhzanol-Asrar (The storehouse of mysteries) and Iskandarnama (The book of Alexander) contain romantic episodes but did not enter the canon of classic Persian love stories.
Nizami died in 1209.
Love & devotion in the UK
The Bodleian Libraries is showing its own presentation of the Love and devotion exhibition at the Exhibition Room, Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England, between 29 November 2012 and 28 April 2013.
Learn more about how you can visit this exhibition on the Bodleian Libraries website.
Love and devotion: Persian Cultural Crossroads
This two-day conference held in April 2012 featured distinguished international guests and Australian specialists exploring cultural convergences in literature, the arts and architecture, history and philosophy within Persia's cultural sphere and Europe, from the 11th century to the present day.
For information on keynote speakers & topics discussed, visit our conference page
Visit the exhibition
The Love and devotion exhibition took place from 9 March to 1 July 2012. In-depth information about the exhibits and themes can be found on this website.
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